The new players in Pakistan’s automotive industry are scrambling to launch their latest offerings in the local market in a bid to keep up with the Automotive Development Policy (ADP) 2016-21 that will expire in June 2021.
Hyundai Nishat is in the works to debut the Elantra Sedan in Pakistan soon.
Elantra is Hyundai’s compact sedan that competes against the Mazda 3, the Toyota Corolla, and the Honda Civic in the international market. According to sources, Hyundai has already assembled a handful of units of the Elantra Sedan and is planning to put it up for sale in the first half of 2021.
The car is offered with a variety of powertrains in the international markets as per each markets’ needs. The most common powertrain consists of a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 122 hp and 156 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai has made plenty of changes to the Elantra and it’s a much sharper looking car now. There’s a big influx of angular elements like the new grille, headlights, and fog lamps. The bonnet has also been re-sculptured with new creases on it. On the side, the Elantra remains largely unchanged with its coupe-ish profile retained but it does get new design alloy wheels. At the rear, you get new taillights, again with a very sharp design and the base of the re-profiled bumper gets a black treatment to break the monotony. Overall, the new Elantra’s design comes across as quite busy but it’s still a pleasing design to look at.
Hyundai has a knack for making good looking interiors and the Elantra is no different. The changes include a new steering wheel, new dials for the aircon controls, and fresher colors for the interiors. The instrument console also boasts a very clean layout and gets a nice carbon fiber finish. The new car now also borrows the Blue Link system from the Venue and enables remote starting the car and fiddle with the aircon controls too. Wireless charging, an eight-speaker music system, and a tire pressure monitoring system are some of the additional features. What is also important to note is that the new car gets six airbags standard across all variants. Now let’s get to the rear bench. The sloping roofline at the rear means you do have to squat quite a bit to get to the rear seats and that could be a bit of trouble for the elderly, but once in, it a good place to be in with plenty of legroom and a comfortable seating posture.
- Electronic Stability Control
- Hill Start Assist
- Six airbags
- Cruise Control
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring
- Emergency Stop Signals
- Parking Sensors with Backup Camera
- Impact and Speed Sensing auto door locks
- A Burglar alarm
- An Immobilizer System
- Disc Brakes on all 4 wheels
- Smart Touchscreen Infotainment
- Hyundai Bluelink Connectivity
- Ventilated front seat
- Keyless Entry and Go (Push Start)
- Wireless phone charging
- Automatic Climate Control
- 10-way adjustable power seats
- Infinity Premium 8-speaker sound system
- Electric sunroof
Internationally, the Elantra costs between $18,000 and $22,000 for different trims, which is almost between Rs. 2.8 million and Rs. 3.5 million. However, considering that it will be up against the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic, its starting price is estimated to be around Rs. 4 million.
However, the success of the vehicle is debatable because its price and specs could influence potential buyers’ decisions