Hyundai sweet­ens the deal

Own­ers can now trade in paid-off Elantras and still pay the same in­stal­ments on a new one

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - ALWYN VILJOEN

FIVE years ago, in 2012, Hyundai sold new Elantras to over 14 700 new own­ers.

Now Stan­ley An­der­son, head of mar­ket­ing and sales at Hyundai SA, has good news for all the own­ers who have paid off their Elantra and want to trade it in on the new edgy model — trade in the paid-off Elantra and con­tinue pay­ing the same in­stal­ments on a new one.

How­ever, An­der­son said few fleet­buy­ers will be able to make use of this of­fer, as they in­creas­ingly value Hyundai cars for their five-year or 150 000 km warranty, and have likely al­ready sold their fleet car af­ter two years to sweeten the deal with the re­main­ing three-year warranty.

A three-year warranty is what most deal­ers, like Toy­ota, still of­fer.

On top of this ex­tra-long warranty, Hyundai also has as part of all model pric­ing a two-year pow­er­train warranty, a five-year/150 000 km road­side as­sis­tance and a five-year/90 000 km ser­vice plan. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 15 000 km for all de­riv­a­tives, al­though the new Elantra Sport has an ad­di­tional ini­tial ser­vice af­ter 5 000 km.

An­der­son said the new model builds on the de­sign cre­den­tials of the 2012 model that won Car of the Year.

The 2017 Elantra en­ters the SA mar­ket this month in four de­riv­a­tives: the Elantra 1.6 Ex­ec­u­tive man­ual and Elantra 1.6 Ex­ec­u­tive au­to­matic (both driven by a 1,6-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol en­gine); the Elantra 2.0 Elite, with a natu- rally as­pi­rated two-litre petrol en­gine; and the range-top­ping Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport, with a pow­er­ful 1,6-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine.

Hyundai’s sig­na­ture hexag­o­nal grille gives the Elantra a strong pres­ence from the front, with au­to­matic pro­jec­tion head­lamps in­clud­ing LED Day­time Run­ning lights as part of the clus­ter. The Elantra’s sporty lower front fas­cia in­te­grates func­tional front wheel air cur­tains that help man­age air flow from the front of the ve­hi­cle and around the wheels to min­imise tur­bu­lence and wind re­sis­tance. In ad­di­tion, un­der­body cov­ers, an aero­dy­namic rear bumper bot­tom spoiler and rear deck lid de­signed with an ex­panded trunk edge con­trib­ute to the Elantra’s 0,27 co­ef­fi­cient of drag.

The rear light clus­ter of the new Elantra with its bright LED dis­play is also dis­tinc­tive of the Hyundai range. For the Elantra Sport, a dif­fer­ent bot­tom half of the rear bumper re­it­er­ates its sporty na­ture, with a unique skid plate and vis­i­ble chrome-plated dual ex­haust pipes.

MOD­ERN, IN­TU­ITIVE IN­TE­RIOR

The con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior de­sign in­te­grates pre­mium soft-touch ma­te­ri­als in key touch points and high-tech de­tails to cre­ate an invit­ing and com­fort­able in­te­rior en­vi­ron­ment for all pas­sen­gers.

The stan­dard eight-inch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, which in­cludes satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, pro­vides a USB Mir­ror Link for An­droid cell phones, HDMI con­nec­tiv­ity for iPhones to view the iPhone screen on the head unit, hands-free Blue­tooth tele­phone link with re­mote con­trols on the steer­ing wheel, Blue­tooth mu­sic stream­ing and AUX and USB in­put ports. It also fea­tures a CD player.

EN­GINES, TRANS­MIS­SION

The new Elantra is avail­able with three petrol en­gines: A 1 591 cc four-cylin­der en­gine that pro­duces 94 kW at 6 300 rpm and 154 Nm at 4 850 rpm in the Elantra 1.6 Ex­ec­u­tive man­ual and 1.6 Ex­ec­u­tive Elite au­to­matic; the 1 999 cc Nu MPI Atkin­son four-cylin­der en­gine pro­duc­ing a peak 115 kW at 6 200 rpm and 195 Nm of torque at 4 500 rpm in the Elantra 2.0 Elite au­to­matic; and the tur­bocharged 1 591 cc four-cylin­der en­gine in the Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport pro­duc­ing 150 kW at 6 000 rpm and 265 Nm torque from 1 500 to 4 500 rpm.

PRIC­ING

The rec­om­mended re­tail prices of the new Elantra range are: • Elantra 1.6 Ex­ec­u­tive (man­ual) R299 900 • Elantra 1.6 Ex­ec­u­tive (auto) R314 900 • Elantra 2.0 Elite (auto) R349 900 • Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT R399 900

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

The new Hyundai Elantra is ready to take the fight to the Toy­ota Corolla and Mazda 3.

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