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The updated Hyundai Elantra sedan gets heavy creases on the body for 2020.

Heavy creases have been given to Hyundai’s all-new C-segment sedan in sixth-generation form.

- By Richard Leu

Does it have anything to do with the i30?

While Hyundai has just given the i30 a mid-life facelift in Europe recently, it has revealed the all-new Elantra, aka Avante in Korea, in the US.

Despite their different names, they are essentiall­y family cars for the C-segment dominated by the Toyota Corolla sedan and Volkswagen Golf hatchback; the Elantra and i30 are the respective contenders.

The Elantra sedan is now entering its sixth generation with bold looks inspired by its Sonata bigger brother. Note the heavy creases applied around the Elantra.

Inside, Hyundai has caught up with the digital trend of installing electronic screens on the fascia. The Korean maker is also making noises of a roomy in-class cabin.

The 2,720mm wheelbase, in particular, is 20mm longer than before, to the benefit of better legroom. Like with most other cars these days, the Elantra is longer and wider overall,yet shorter in height for a more dynamic appearance.

Any interestin­g engines?

As the Elantra has been unveiled in the US, the engines announced are suited accordingl­y.

There’s a 146hp 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to a CVT automatic transmissi­on. On the eco frontofthi­ngs, there’s a 139hp 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The European i30, on the other hand, hasembrace­d downsized petrol-turboengin­es with 48V mild hybrid technologi­es.The petrol units displace either1.0 or 1.5 litres, while the diesel has a1.6-litre capacity. All have seven-speed dual-clutchers.

Hyundai ispromisin­g a better driving experience in the new Elantra, thanks to a platform that’s said to be both lighter and more rigid than ever. The exact improvemen­ts haven’t been revealed in numbers, though.

Any chance of seeing it again in Thailand?

The Elantra is one of those Hyundais that have been appeared on and off in Thai showrooms over the past generation­s, mainly due to taxation.

The most recent appearance was the fifth-generation model sold some five years back with a 2.0-litre non-turbo petrol engine and six-speed torque-converter automatic.

Combined with sub-1-million-baht prices, thanks to it being assembled in Malaysia and imported to Thailand with Afta trade perks, the Elantra offered a reasonable package in showrooms but somehow didn’t sell as expected.

As aresult, sales ceased ever since. The core-selling model for Hyundai in Thailand at the moment is the H1/Starex people-carrying van, while battery electric vehicles like the Ioniq and Kona have yet to make a sales impact.

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The 2,720mm wheelbase is 20mm longer than before, to the benefit of better legroom.
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Electronic screens feature inside the Elantra.

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