Hyundai handled the Elantra, one in every of its hottest and most reasonably priced fashions, to complete updates for the 2019 mannequin yr. Not one to relaxation on its laurels, the South Korean agency is once more updating the nameplate for the 2020 mannequin yr with extra normal options developed to make driving safer and extra handy, plus a brand new transmission that reinforces gas effectivity.
The massive information for 2020 is that each Elantra, from the most cost effective mannequin to the costliest variant, gives entrance collision help. This expertise depends on the front-facing digital camera to detect an imminent collision, warn the motive force about it, and robotically apply the brakes if wanted. Entrance collision expertise helps cut back rear-end collisions by 50 %, based on the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS). The checklist of normal options additionally grows with the addition of lane-keeping help, which steers the automotive again into its lane if it veers out, and driver consideration warning, which detects driver fatigue.
Automated dual-zone local weather management and a three.5-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) info show embedded within the instrument cluster additionally be a part of the checklist of normal options for 2020. Each options have been beforehand accessible solely on costlier variants of the automotive.
The specs sheet adjustments for the 2020 mannequin yr, too. Hyundai developed a constantly variable transmission (CVT) that replaces the six-speed computerized that was beforehand accessible on most trim ranges. The corporate claims switching from a standard computerized to a gear-less CVT improves effectivity by two mpg in a mixed cycle throughout the board. The effectivity champ of the Elantra lineup is the SE mannequin, which achieves as much as 35 mpg.
The CVT comes with pre-programmed digital gears in a bid to appease drivers who’re used to driving an everyday computerized. Alternatively, the Sport and Eco fashions keep on with a seven-speed, dual-clutch computerized transmission. Nevertheless, the six-speed handbook transmission that was provided on the SE and Sport trims has been phased out for the 2020 mannequin yr, doubtless attributable to a scarcity of demand.
Whereas Hyundai made huge adjustments within the transmission division, the portfolio of accessible engines carries over with out main modifications. The usual engine is a naturally aspirated (learn: turbo-less), 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder that makes 147 horsepower. Eco fashions obtain a turbocharged, 1.Four-liter 4 with 128 hp on faucet. Lastly, the enthusiast-baiting Sport mannequin advantages from a 1.6-liter turbo 4 that places 201 hp beneath the motive force’s proper foot. Hyundai additionally gifted the Sport mannequin with a redesigned rear suspension to enhance dealing with.
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra will go on sale throughout america within the spring. Pricing begins at $18,950 earlier than Hyundai provides a compulsory $920 vacation spot cost. The additional normal tools is sweet, but it surely’s not free. So as to add context, the outgoing 2019 mannequin carries a base worth of $17,200. When it arrives in showrooms, the up to date 2020 Elantra will face competitors from the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Jetta, amongst others.