The all new version of the Elantra has been released for the 2016 model year in the US. This new version is now based on a new platform, it is more efficient than the older model and looks a lot better. In fact, the new Elantra has to be one of the best-looking cars Hyundai ever made. This is true for both its cabin and exterior design which are both well above its class competitors. While the base model is great in its own right, we are now going to take a closer look at the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco which is going to be offered with the upcoming update of the car.
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA ECO PRICE
The price for this generation has been set at just $21,500 with all the usual taxes included. This is, on average, around $1,500 more than what its main rivals cost. Unlike its main rivals, though, the Elantra is better equipped and the quality of its cabin is usually better as well. Hyundai dealerships are going to stock up on the car starting with the autumn of this year but some countries already have similar versions of it.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
One of the largest selling points of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco is going to be its engine and its fuel consumption. Like the name suggests, this is not an ordinary car and it has been tweaked specifically with fuel consumption in mind. Instead of the usual 1.8 or 2 liters naturally aspirated engine, the Eco features a new 1.4 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine. This has been used on other Hyundai models in Europe for some time but it is the first time when it is available in the US. The engine makes a rather average 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque which are all available from as low as 1,700 rpm and all the way up to 3,500 rpm.
The broad power band makes the tiny engine feel better than many others and it should be the perfect fit for many people looking for a cheap commuting vehicle. Because the fuel efficiency is now measured differently, most manufacturers lost quite a bit in this aspect. However, the Eco still offers 40 MPG on the highway and a combined fuel consumption of 35 MPG which is just as good as that of its main rivals. Another factor which allows for this great fuel consumption is the transmission. Instead of a regular automatic, the Elantra Eco 2017 comes as standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch unit which is faster and more efficient than the older six-speed transmission.
We expected that this highly fuel-efficient model of the Elantra ranges to get a more different exterior than the usual car. However, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco is pretty much identical to the normal version. It only differs from the base model with its standard 16-inch alloy rims, low rolling resistance tires, Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights. The paint schemes, chromed accent on the exterior trims and its design are all identical to the base version.
INTERIOR OF HYUNDAI ELANTRA 2017
Like we mentioned above, the cabin of the Eco is quite a bit better equipped than that of its rivals. For starters, it comes as standard with heated seats, electric mirrors and windows, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear-changer, key-less entry, and push-button start as well as climate control and a large 7-inch infotainment unit.
The design of the cabin still is identical to that of the regular model but when comparing it with its rivals, the Elantra has to be the better of the lot thanks to its modern feel and highly comfortable seats which really make it a great car to take on longer trips.
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