The Executive variant is RM19,000 lower than the Premium variant and gets most of the Premium's equipment which also includes SmartSense features such as Blind Spot-Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, Safe Exit Warning, and Rear Occupant Alert.
The new entry-level variant comes with Black Fabric seats, manual seat adjustment, 4.2-inch TFT LCD Cluster, and a Day & Night Rear View Mirror.
The Elantra is built on a new vehicle platform and features the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) that is mated to a Smartstream G1.6 petrol engine that delivers 123PS at 6,300rpm and a peak torque of 154Nm at 4,500rpm.
It has four drive modes of Smart, Comfort, Eco and Sport.
Designed based on Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design concept, the Elantra carries an intricate design of geometric crystals cut and divided body surfaces which, coupled with the clever usage of lined patterns, resulting in colourful ‘Parametric Dynamics’.
Though the car now has a sleeker roofline compared to its predecessor, its headroom is not compromised.
The Elantra boasts 1,030mm of front headroom and 947mm of rear headroom.
The longer wheelbase also provides a best-in-class 964mm of rear legroom while the wider track width means improved shoulder room in the front and rear.
With over 474 litres of boot space and 60/40 split folding rear seats, this also makes it convenient to transport big bulky items.
The Elantra also delivers outstanding comfort, functionality and practicality.
The “immersive cocoon” interior envelops the driver in a technologically-advanced and sophisticated cabin that is akin to entering an airplane cockpit.
Apart from being equipped with six airbags, the Elantra has standard features such as the Electronic Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking System, Downhill Brake Control, Hill-start Assist Control, Brake Assist System, Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Management and Immobiliser.
HDSM managing director Low Yuan Lung said the company had received a significant number of interest from customers on the new Elantra and also a preference for lower pricing.
"As with all fully imported cars, the exchange rate is one of the determining factor for the price of the car. The Elantra is a complete built-up unit that is fully-imported from Korea, therefore the exchange rate
does affect how we price the car.
"Having said that, we would still like to make the Elantra accessible to all our customers with the introduction of this new variant,” said Low.
Available at all Hyundai showrooms nationwide, the Elantra comes with a five-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty.
For details, contact Hyundai’s Customer Careline at 1-300-13-2000 or log on to www.hyundai.com.my.