New Hyundai Elantra

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New Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai has taken the wraps off its facelifted Elantra after teasing us with a preview last week.

Due on sale in Australia later this year, the updated small sedan reveals a new-look front-end with 'must-have' LED daytime running lights, an updated interior and a new 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine with idle-stop functionality to save fuel.

The new turbo-diesel engine that's been added to the Elantra range in Korea, where the car is called Avante, has not been confirmed for Australia yet.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine is offered with both manual and automatic transmissions in Korea and delivers 94kW/279Nm when paired to the six-speed automatic gearbox, with which it’s claimed to consume 6.2L/100km (5.4L/100km with the manual).

Obvious changes to the new Elantra include the updated front-end characterised by new-look headlights complete with swoopy LED running lights that pay homage to bigger i40 sedan.

Also including with a revised front bumper design which incorporates a resculpted grille and fog lights, Hyundai says the design changes bring a "dynamic, high-tech feel to the Elantra".

The Korean car pictured rides on two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels and the rear-end has been tizzied-up too, with new-look LED brake lights and a contrasting black insert in the rear bumper.

Hyundai's redesigned Elantra is longer by 20mm (now 4550mm overall), thanks to the new front and rear bumpers. The wheelbase and platform remain unchanged.

Packaged with a new self-parking system curiously dubbed SPAS (Smart Parking Assist System) and Hyundai's widely used Flex Steer system, which allows drivers to adjust steering feel at the touch of a button, the new Elantra will be pitched as an affordable high-tech sedan when it arrives locally.

Interior design has been tweaked, now featuring a revised front centre armrest position along and the introduction of a 3.5-inch LED display, ventilated seats and rear air-vents in response to customer feedback.

Like all Australian-delivered Hyundais, the Elantra will benefit from retuned suspension designed specifically for this market, and is likely to continue with the three specification grades currently available.

The current model Elantra made its local debut in June 2011 and continues to be one of the stronger-selling small sedans in the Australian marketplace, with combined i30 hatch and Elantra sedan sales totalling 3110 units in July 2013, making it the third most popular small car behind the Mazda3 hatch/sedan range (3464) and Toyota's top-selling Corolla (3945).

With the sKODA Yeti – the fifth of sKODA’s model ranges, the Czech manufacturer celebrated their premier in the compact SUV segment in 2009. To date a total of 263,200 sKODA Yetis have been sold (as of: 30th June, 2013). In 2012 alone, sKODA delivered around 87,400 Yetis– an increase of 24.3% over the previous year. And in the first half of 2013, 41,800 Yetis went to customers worldwide. In Europe, with a market share of around 5%, the Yeti is one of the top 10 best-selling A-Class SUVs in the Czech domestic market; it is the clear leader in this segment. There, the Yeti is built in Czech plant in Kvasiny, in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod plant and, by the end of 2013, in Shanghai, China.

Since its market launch, the sKODA Yeti has touched the hearts of SUV enthusiasts, as proven in a survey carried out by the trade magazine ‘Auto Express’, in which the Yeti, among others, was chosen by around 46,000 readers to be the car, with which UK customers were most satisfied.

sKODA continues the most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history with the release of two all-new variants of the Yeti at the same time. In 2013 alone, the Czechs will be bringing out eight new or completely revised models and by 2018 sKODA plans to increase their global sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year.

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