Hyundai launches the new 2020 Elantra with enhanced fuel efficiency and safety

May 15, 2019   Vehicle Launch

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra, with a new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), improved fuel economy and standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), once again is the standard in the compact sedan segment has been launches the US. Pricing throughout the lineup delivers consumers a compelling choice, starting at $18,950 for the Elantra SE. The 2020 Elantra arrives in dealer showrooms this spring.

Hyundai's new IVT provides superior efficiency and simulates gear shifts from an automatic transmission that customers like. This transmission performs continuous shifts by modulating pressure of the transmission's pulley, depending on driving conditions and driver inputs. It utilises a wide ratio pulley system, which provides a broader ratio of operation when compared with its competitors. This allows for improved fuel economy at higher gear ratios and improved performance at lower ratios.


As opposed to a more common push belt, the IVT takes advantage of a chain belt, a world's first in the compact car segment. A chain improves fuel efficiency by an additional 1.2% when compared with conventional belt systems.


Hyundai's new Shift Control Strategy used by the IVT improves linearity between driver inputs, vehicle behavior and acceleration. Shift response is enhanced, allowing it to closely replicate automatic transmission step shifts.


The 2020 Elantra offers a new array of standard advanced safety technologies. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist uses the car's front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimise damage by braking. Lane Keeping Assist helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings, automatically steering the car if necessary. Driver Attention Warning system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue.


The optional SmartSense features include Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Safe Exit Assist and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection. Additional features include Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.


The interior sports a 5-inch colour audio system paired with Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls. Blue Link Connected Car System with three years of complimentary Blue Link services applied is standard from the Value Edition. AVN 5.0 with faster processor, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and HERE HD Traffic 8-inch Multimedia Navigation System offered with higher level trims. 


The Elantra features two engine options that focus on fuel efficiency and a third engine option in the Elantra Sport model. The SE, SEL, Value Edition and Limited offer the 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle engine with 147 horsepower @ 6,200 RPM and Eco offers the 1.4L Turbo-GDI with 128 horsepower @ 5,500 RPM. The Eco model achieves an EPA estimated 36 mpg combined fuel economy rating thanks to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.


The Elantra Sport trim features a 201 horsepower 1.6L Turbo-GDI engine and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, a sporty interior and revised trim headliner, advanced technology  and connectivity, paddle shifters, sport front seats with leather, flat-bottom, leather-wrapped  steering wheel, a sport instrument cluster and door trim garnish. The Elantra Sport features multi-link independent rear suspension which improves the dynamic performance and allows for greater flexibility in tuning.


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