The Hyundai Elantra, also known as the Hyundai Avante (Korean: 현대 아반떼), is a compact car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 1990. The Elantra was initially marketed as the Lantra in Australia and some European markets. In Australia, this was due to the similarly named Mitsubishi Magna Elante model;[1] similarly, in other markets, the name Avante is not used due to its similarity with Audi's "Avant" designation, which is used for their line-up of station wagons.[2] The name was standardized as "Elantra" worldwide in 2001 (except in South Korea and Singapore).[3]

Hyundai Elantra
Also calledHyundai Avante
Hyundai Lantra (1990–2000)
Hyundai i30 Sedan (2020–present)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car (C)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PredecessorHyundai Stellar (South Korea)

First generation (J1; 1990) edit

First generation
Model codeJ1
Also calledHyundai Lantra (Australia, Europe)
Bimantara Nenggala (Indonesia)
1995–1998 (Indonesia)
AssemblyUlsan, South Korea
Bekasi, Indonesia (1995–1998)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
RelatedMitsubishi Mirage
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,500 mm (98.4 in)
Length4,375 mm (172.2 in) (1990–1993)
4,405 mm (173.4 in) (1993–1995)
Width1,675 mm (65.9 in) (1990–1993)
1,680 mm (66.1 in) (1993–1995)
Height1,395 mm (54.9 in) (1990–1993)
1,390 mm (54.7 in) (1993–1995)
Curb weight1,064–1,187 kg (2,346–2,617 lb)
Rear (pre-facelift)

Launched in October 1990, the Elantra (codename J1) received a mid-term facelift in 1993.

It was sold in Europe from the spring of 1991. It replaced the somewhat larger on the outside Stellar, although that model had not been offered in many markets. The Elantra competed with the likes of the Ford Sierra and Vauxhall Cavalier/Opel Vectra, but at a considerably lower price.

The Elantra was powered by a Mitsubishi-designed 1.6 L (1595 cc) straight-four. This DOHC 16-valve 1.6 L unit produced 113 PS (83 kW) at 6000 rpm and could push the Elantra to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 9.5 seconds. The quarter-mile (0.4 km) run took 17.1 seconds and produced 80 mph (130 km/h). Top speed was 187 km/h (116 mph). The Elantra got 22 mpg‑US (11 L/100 km) in the city cycle. Starting in 1993 a Mitsubishi-designed 1.8 L (1836 cc) inline-four option was available; this unit produces 135 PS (99 kW) at 6000 rpm and replaced the twin-cam 1.6 in the home market.

Facelifts edit

The vehicle was refreshed in 1992 for the European market, adding Hyundai's current logo to the grille, although North American models retained the previous year's look. In 1993, the vehicle was refreshed again. The third (second in North America) and final facelift of this generation occurred in 1994 for both front and rear fascias.[citation needed] The vehicle featured ABS brakes, front airbags, fog lamps, power-operated side mirrors, and optional alloy seven-spoke wheels.

Between 1995 and 1998, the first-generation Elantra was also produced and sold for the Indonesian market as the Bimantara Nenggala, it is only available in there with 1.6 L engine.

Second generation (J2/RD; 1995) edit

Second generation
Model code
  • J2
  • RD
Also calledHyundai Avante (South Korea)
Hyundai Lantra (Australia, Europe)
Model years1996–2000
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
Botswana: Gaborone(TMBC)[4]
DesignerChoi Jong-Min
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
RelatedHyundai Tiburon
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length4,420 mm (174.0 in) (1995–1998 Sedan)
4,450 mm (175.2 in) (1995–1998 Wagon)
4,450 mm (175.2 in) (1998–2000 Sedan)
4,515 mm (177.8 in) (1998–2000 Wagon)
Width1,700 mm (66.9 in) (1995–1998)
1,735 mm (68.3 in) (1998–2000)
Height1,395 mm (54.9 in)
1,460 mm (57.5 in) (1998–2000 Wagon)

Launched in 1995, the second generation (codename RD or J2) was offered as a sedan and station wagon. It was sold in the South Korean market as the "Hyundai Avante" in sedan form and "Avante Touring" in the wagon body style. Some export markets such as Australia and Europe received the series as the "Hyundai Lantra" as per the first generation. Australian market wagons were given the "Lantra Sportswagon" name.

In Europe, 1996 through 1997 sedan models had carried a silver Mercury-type false grille, while the wagon carried no front grille.[citation needed]

At launch, a 1.5 L Alpha SOHC (61 kW or 82 hp) inline-four engine and 1.8 L Beta DOHC (95 kW or 127 hp) gasoline I4 engine were available domestically. Later, a 1.5 L lean-burn (66 kW or 89 hp) gasoline engine based on the Alpha DOHC engine was added. The Philippine version, as well as in some European markets, had the 1.6 L (1599 cc) Beta, DOHC (G4GR) which produced (86 kW or 115 hp) (in some European markets 66 kW (89 hp)).[citation needed]

Facelift edit

New grilles arrived in 1998 for the 1999 model year. The Lantra in Europe converged into a single-front end design, for both sedan and wagon. The model received the "RD2" or "J3" model codes. A PSA-built 1.9 L naturally-aspired diesel option was also added for some European markets, producing 68 PS (50 kW).

A new 2.0 L engine option became available. In Australia, the GLS model was an upgrade on the GL model and offered the 2.0 L engine, velour trim, softer cloth seats, and alloy wheels. The GLS had body-colored rear license plate light holder and exterior side-view mirrors.

Third generation (XD; 2000) edit

Third generation
Model codeXD
Also calledHyundai Avante XD (South Korea, Iran)
Production2000–2006 (South Korea)
2001–2012 (Venezuela)
2003–2014 (China)
2004–2010 (India)
2005–2012 (Iran)
2008–2009 (Russia)
AssemblyUlsan, South Korea
Beijing, China (Beijing Hyundai)
Iran: Kerman (RVMCO)
Malaysia: Johor Bahru (OASB)[5]
Russia: Taganrog (TagAZ)[6]
Taiwan: (SYM Motors)[citation needed]
Ukraine: Cherkasy (Bogdan)[7]
Venezuela: Barcelona (MMC Automotriz)[8]
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
5-door Liftback
RelatedHyundai Tucson
Hyundai Matrix
Hyundai Tiburon
Kia Spectra
Kia Sportage
1.5 L Alpha II I4
1.6 L Alpha II I4
1.6 L Beta I4
1.8 L Beta II I4
2.0 L Beta II I4
1.5 L U I4
2.0 L D I4
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Length4,510 mm (177.6 in) (2000–2003 Sedan)
4,495 mm (177.0 in) (2000–2003 Liftback)
4,525 mm (178.1 in) (2004–2006 Sedan)
4,520 mm (178.0 in) (2004–2006 Liftback)
Width1,720 mm (67.7 in) (2000–2003 Sedan)
1,725 mm (67.9 in) (2004–2006 Sedan)
1,720 mm (67.7 in) (Liftback)
Height1,425 mm (56.1 in)
Curb weight1,195 kg (2,635 lb)
SuccessorHyundai i30/Elantra Touring (station wagon/Estate

An all-new model (codename XD) was launched in 2000. The station wagon version was dropped in favor of a five-door Liftback. Starting in 2001, all American models came with standard front and front-side airbags, air conditioning, power locks, power windows, and power steering. This simplified dealer inventories and repairs and also sought to improve Hyundai's image of "value" cars.

Pre-facelift edit

Facelift edit

In 2004, all models were refreshed (codename XD2); this introduced new headlights and tail lights, a new grille, updated front and rear bumpers with a split lower grille, a redesigned hood and trunk lid, and a redesigned dashboard that added more functionality.

The GLS trim was the base model standard for the Elantra. The top-of-the-line model, the GT trim, came with a stiffer suspension, leather seats, fog lights, alloy wheels, lip spoiler, and blue-lit instrument cluster. Offered as a Liftback since 2001 as a 2002 model year vehicle, the only options for the GT were a power moonroof and anti-lock brakes with traction control. The only major option was a Kenwood MP3/CD deck. The GT trim sedan was introduced in 2003 and discontinued in 2005. The GT trim was replaced for the 2006 model year with the Limited trim, which featured new paint colors, a chrome vertical grille, leather interior with leather steering wheel and leather shifter and wood trim. The Limited trim featured steel rims with a 6-spoke cover featured in the GLS model. The GT trim for the five-door was produced for the remainder of the 2006 model year.

Canadian trim levels differed from that in the US: "GT" models came standard with alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS. Leather upholstery and TCS were only available on the "premium" GT edition.

The XD was available with 1.6-, 1.8- and 2.0-liter gasoline engines and a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel. North American models are available only with the 2.0-liter gasoline engine. The 1.8-liter engine is a 1.6-liter engine modified for the New Zealand market.

While compact on the outside, it was listed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a mid-size car because of a spacious interior. Although the basic powertrain design had changed little since the second generation, fuel economy improved for Elantras with manual transmissions from an EPA city rating of 24 to 25 mpg‑US (9.8 to 9.4 L/100 km; 29 to 30 mpg‑imp), and further to 27 mpg‑US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg‑imp) in 2006. Cars with automatic transmissions returned 23 mpg‑US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp), a reduction of 3 mpg‑US (3.6 mpg‑imp).Horsepower improved from 135 to 138 hp (101 to 103 kW), and torque from 132 to 136, mainly due to the addition of continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) in 2004. Originally, the horsepower rating was misrepresented as 140 hp (100 kW). In 2006, the Elantra was offered with a SULEV emission rated engine in some US states.

In China, the Elantra XD was produced by Beijing Hyundai from 23 December 2003 to 2011. This car has been used as a taxicab in Beijing since 2005 and replaced the popular red Tianjin Xiali taxi in 2006 in an effort to cut down pollution. The Elantra is available in 5 door Liftback for 2007 and sedan form from 2003 to 2010. Pre facelifted models of the Elantra XD were produced for the 2004 model year and had a facelift in 2007 consisting of new headlights, radiator, rear foglights on the rear bumper, and new wheels. Production ran up to 2010.[9][10] It was facelifted again for the 2011 model year featuring new front and rear lights, bumpers, a single rear bumper fog light, radiator and power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals. A 1.6-liter engine is available on taxi and passenger cars paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. A 1.8-liter engine was available until 2007.

Engines edit

Model Engine Displ. Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) Top speed
1.6L DOHC I4 16V 1599 cc 79 kW (107 PS; 106 hp) @ 5800 rpm 143 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft) @ 3000 rpm 11.0 sec. 182 km/h (113 mph)
1.8L DOHC I4 16V 1795 cc 94 kW (128 PS; 126 hp) @ 6000 rpm 166 N⋅m (122 lb⋅ft) @ 5000 rpm 9.7 sec. 199 km/h (124 mph)
2.0L DOHC I4 16V 1975 cc 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) @ 6000 rpm 181 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm 9.1 sec. 206 km/h (128 mph)
2.0L CRDi I4 16V 1991 cc 83 kW (113 PS; 111 hp) @ 4000 rpm 235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) @ 2000 rpm 11.7 sec. 190 km/h (118 mph)
Model Engine Displ. Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) Top speed
1.6L DOHC I4 16V 1599 cc 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) @ 6000 rpm 143 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm 11.0 sec. 182 km/h (113 mph)
1.8L DOHC I4 16V 1795 cc 97 kW (132 PS; 130 hp) @ 6000 rpm 162 N⋅m (119 lb⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm 10.2 sec. 195 km/h (121 mph)
2.0L DOHC I4 16V 1975 cc 103 kW (140 PS; 138 hp) @ 6000 rpm 185 N⋅m (136 lb⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm 10.4 sec. (9.1 sec. manual) 208 km/h (129 mph)
2.0L CRDi I4 16V 1991 cc 83 kW (113 PS; 111 hp) @ 4000 rpm 235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) @ 2000 rpm 11.6 sec. 190 km/h (118 mph)

Fourth generation (HD; 2006) edit

Fourth generation
Model codeHD
Also calledHyundai Avante (South Korea, Singapore)
Production2006–2010 (South Korea)
2008–2020 (China)
2016–present (Egypt)
Model years2007–2010
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
China: Beijing (Beijing Hyundai)
Malaysia: Kulim, Kedah (Inokom)
Algeria: Tiaret
Egypt: Cairo
Taiwan: Hukou, Hsinchu (SYM)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
PlatformHyundai-Kia J5 platform
RelatedHyundai Celesta
Hyundai i30 (FD)
Kia Cee'd (ED)
1.6 L Alpha II I4 (China)
1.6 L Gamma MPi I4
1.8 L Beta II I4 (China)
2.0 L Beta II I4
Petrol hybrid LPG:
1.6 L Gamma LPi I4
1.6 L U I4 turbo
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length4,505 mm (177.4 in)
4,542 mm (178.8 in) (Elantra Yuedong)
Width1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height1,480 mm (58.3 in)
1,490 mm (58.7 in) (Elantra Yuedong)
Hyundai Elantra SX sedan (Australia)

A redesigned sedan (designated HD) debuted at the 2006 New York International Auto Show for the 2007 model year. As before, the HD was sold under the Hyundai Avante name in its South Korean home market. It had a more rounded, jelly bean-like design used in the US in the 60s and 70s as "coke bottle styling", a narrow body with flaring fenders.

The engine lineup included 1.6- Gamma and 2.0 L Beta II gasoline inline-four engines, and a 1.6 L turbodiesel inline-four. All engines featured improved fuel economy. A five-speed manual transmission was standard with an optional four-speed automatic.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the Elantra received a Good overall score in the frontal crash test and a Marginal overall score in the side impact test, but all Hyundai Elantras manufactured after November 2009 earned a Good overall score in the side impact test.[11][12][13] Standard side airbags included front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags.

Asia edit

Hyundai Elantra Yuedong (China; pre-facelift)
Hyundai Elantra Yuedong (China; facelift)

Beijing Hyundai launched a redesigned Elantra called the "Elantra Yue Dong" for the Chinese market with an updated exterior and a separate facelifted 2011 Elantra model. The model was later updated in 2017 and is currently known as the Hyundai Celesta.

North America edit

Only the 2.0 L engine was offered in North America. Unlike the 2006 model year XD series, the 2007 model year base Hyundai Elantra GLS trim did not include air conditioning as standard equipment, but added side curtain airbags (previously front and side only), active head restraints and all-round disc brakes with four-channel ABS. The Elantra offered the most interior room in its class, leading the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to classify it as a mid-size car.

Hyundai offered the Hyundai i30 wagon in the U.S. and Canada marketed as the "Elantra Touring". Elsewhere, the same vehicle was marketed as the Hyundai i30cw.

  • 2008 model year: the "Limited" trim level was dropped, leaving "GLS" and "SE" trim choices. The SE trim included features not available on the "GLS" such as a telescopic steering wheel and electronic stability control (ESC), with sunroof and leather upholstery as options. According to Consumer Reports testing, the "SE" trim has significantly better handling and braking than the base "GLS" trim.
  • 2009 model year: iPod and USB interfaces became standard on the "SE" models. On the instrument panel, the gear shift indicator moved to the trip computer display, and the coolant temperature gauge was removed. "GLS" models received new wheel cover designs, and "SE" models had a rear garnish on the rear registration plate border. Exterior color choices now included Natural Khaki. The 2009 model year was J.D. Power's highest quality compact car.[14] The study measured 228 attributes, including overall driving experience, engine and transmission, and a broad range of defect and design problems reported by vehicle owners.[15][16] The 2008, 2009 and 2010 Elantra SE was consistently chosen as a Top Pick for compact sedans by Consumer Reports magazine.
  • 2010 model year: a new "Blue" trim was added, a basic model modified for increased fuel economy. The grille design was slightly modified and "Blue" and "GLS" models received chrome rear garnish. The interior received chrome door handles, new metallic interior finish, cup holders, and a chrome-trimmed gear selector for "SE" models. On "GLS" and "SE" models automatic transmission became standard, while the lesser "Blue" models only offered manual. The "GLS" offered sunroof or an LG navigation system; "SE" included a choice of two packages: a sunroof with heated seats or a sunroof with heated seats, LG navigation and Bluetooth. iPod and USB connectivity became standard on the "GLS" and available on the "Blue". Exterior color choices were slightly changed, with Nordic White and Black Noir Pearl replacing the Captiva White and Black Pearl, respectively; Purple Rain was deleted.

Canadian trim levels were different from the US models. The base model "L" offered a base package with a four-speaker CD/MP3/Auxiliary stereo and front airbags. This trim included power windows in the front with manual windows in the rear. The "GL" added heated mirrors, air conditioning, power windows, heated seats, a six-speaker stereo, wheel-mounted cruise control, and keyless entry with alarm. The "GLS" trim added wheel-mounted audio controls, ABS, all-round disc brakes, and front seat-mounted side-impact and roof-mounted side curtain airbags. The "GLS" with the Sport Package included a rear spoiler, power sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, trip computer and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather shifter. The final trim level, the "Limited", added leather seats, a telescopic steering wheel, and automatic climate control air conditioning.

LPI Hybrid edit

Hyundai Avante LPI Hybrid (South Korea)

Hyundai presented the LPI Hybrid at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show, and sales began as the Avante "LPI Hybrid" in the South Korean market in July 2009. The LPI Hybrid (liquefied petroleum injected) is a mild hybrid and is the world's first hybrid electric vehicle to be powered by an internal combustion engine built to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a fuel.[17][18] Hyundai developed the technology and all key components in the LPI Hybrid, together with its local partners including the electric motor, battery and low DC/DC converter.[19] The lithium-ion polymer batteries, which the LPI Hybrid was the first hybrid to adopt,[17][19] differed from lithium-ion batteries, using a claimedly more stable and fire-resistant dry polymer electrolyte from Korean company LG Chem instead of a liquid or gel.[20]

The LPI Hybrid came equipped with the 1.6 L Gamma engine, a 15 kilowatts (20 hp) electric motor, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The LPI Hybrid delivered 41.9 miles per US gallon (5.61 L/100 km; 50.3 mpg‑imp). Compared to the conventional 1.6 L model, and considering South Korean gasoline prices, the LPI Hybrid can travel 39 kilometres (24 mi) for the price of one liter of gasoline, while the conventional model would be able to travel only 15 kilometres (9.3 mi).[17] The engine emitted 99 g/km of CO2, which allows the car to qualify as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV).[17] The LPI Hybrid produced 90 percent fewer emissions than an equivalent standard gasoline powered model, and LPG is a low carbon emitting hydrocarbon fuel that burns more cleanly than either gasoline or diesel, and also is free of the particulates associated with diesel.[19] The LPI Hybrid shares its powertrain with the Kia Forte LPI Hybrid.[20]

The Elantra hybrid comes with an "Eco Guide" tree icon meant to coach the driver into developing more eco driving habits. The CVT has an optional "E (Eco-Drive)" gear to maximize fuel efficiency.[21] The LPG Hybrid was dropped in Australia due to lack of demand, increase in emphasis on brand image and change in focus to cleaner diesel engines.[22]

Fifth generation (MD/UD/JK; 2010) edit

Fifth generation
Model code
  • MD/UD
  • JK (coupe)
Also calledHyundai Avante (South Korea)
Hyundai i35 Elantra (Israel and Colombia)
2012–2018 (China)
2011–2016 (Malaysia)
Model years2011–2016
DesignerKim In-Seop (2008)[27]
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
2-door coupé (2012–2014)
PlatformHyundai-Kia J5 platform
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,530–4,540 mm (178.3–178.7 in)
Width1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height1,435–1,445 mm (56.5–56.9 in)
Curb weight1,161–1,305 kg (2,560–2,877 lb)
Hyundai Elantra Elite (Australia; pre-facelift)

The fifth-generation Avante debuted at the 2010 Busan International Motor Show in April 2010. It was codenamed "MD" for the sedan,[28] "UD" for sedans manufactured in the US, and "JK" for the coupe. For the U.S. and Canadian market, it featured a new 1.8-L gasoline engine.[29] In other markets, it featured a 1.6-L gasoline direct-injection engine, producing 103 kW (138 hp) and 167 Nm (123 lb-ft) torque, mated to a new 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. For markets such as the Middle East, the 1.6-L engine was a MPI version that delivers 128 hp. The Israeli market received the Elantra, with a 1.6 GDI 132 hp coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission only. The design continued Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" styling theme first seen in the 2011 Sonata. The new model went on sale in August 2010 in South Korea, and began selling between end of 2010 and early 2011 as a 2011 model.[30][31] The US version of the fifth-generation Elantra debuted at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. It is powered by a new 1.8-L Nu engine producing 148 hp (145 hp-PZEV) and 131 lb-ft (130 lb-ft-PZEV). The fuel economy was aided by a low drag coefficient of just 0.28. The Nu engine block is made of aluminum instead of the previous cast iron.

EPA's estimated gas mileage 40/29 was questioned by Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica CA consumer group. USA Today writer Jefferson Graham claimed to get combined city/highway mpg of 22 mpg. However, a real-world test by Popular Mechanics showed significantly better fuel economy than EPA estimated MPG.[32] Also, The Truth About Cars editor tested real-world MPG, leading them to give Consumer Watchdog a thumbs down.[33] EPA mileage estimates were originally 29 mpg‑US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg‑imp) in the city and 40 mpg‑US (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg‑imp) on the highway but were revised to 28 mpg‑US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg‑imp) in the city and 38 mpg‑US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg‑imp) on the highway due to a series of testing procedural errors in November 2012.[34] The underpinnings of the second-generation i30 and Elantra were similar in their configuration and makeup. The similarities between the second-generation i30 and Elantra continued in front end and suspension characteristics.

It was available in two trim levels, GLS and Limited. Premium features included heated front and rear seats, proximity key entry with electronic push-button start with immobilizer, and touch screen navigation.[35] US 2011 sales reached 186,361 units, up 41 percent from 2010.[36] The Elantra was crowned North American Car of the Year at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, over the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat.[37] The Elantra was crowned South African Car of the Year for 2012. At the 8th Manila International Auto Show, the Elantra was crowned as the Philippine Car of the Year, the first Korean car maker to win the award.[38] Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS won the WesBank's Car of the Year in South Africa[39] and North American Car of the Year at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

  • 2012 model year: An ActiveECO system was now included with automatic transmission models, a dual-shell horn was added, steering calibration was adjusted, fog lights and passenger side sun visor extension were added to the GLS Preferred Package, and some exterior color adjustments were made.
  • 2013 model year: Manual transmission models received an increase in standard equipment, and heated front seats were added to the GLS Preferred Package. On Limited trims, a power driver seat with lumbar support was now standard and dual-zone automatic climate control was available on the Limited Technology Package. Atlantic Blue was a new exterior color option. Halfway through the model year, audio head units were revised to include separate knobs for volume control and tuning options.

Facelift edit


In 2013 for the 2014 model year, the Elantra sedan received significant updates. The GLS trim was changed to SE and an all-new Elantra Sport was now available with a more powerful 2.0 L GDI engine.

Exterior enhancements include new front and rear styling with tinted tail lights and L-shaped fog light housings. Limited and Sport models included projector headlights with LED accents and LED tail lights. New wheel designs were available for all trims, including the base SE, SE with SE Preferred Package, Limited, and Sport models. A driver's blind spot mirror was added and a new Driver Selectable Steering Mode is standard on the Limited and Sport models.

Interior enhancements include raised HVAC vent locations and new HVAC control design; 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen radio with a backup camera on the SE Preferred Package, Limited and Sport models; updated navigation system; increased center armrest location; and straight pull gear selector with leather boot.

  • 2015 model year: A new SE Style Package is available for SE trims and included a sunroof, leather steering wheel and shifter, projector headlights with LED accents, chrome belt molding, and aluminum door sills. A Sport Tech Package added navigation and premium audio.
  • 2016 model year: A new Value Edition for the SE package replaced the SE Style Package, and included wheels from the Elantra Coupe SE, sunroof, leather steering wheel and shifter, smart key and push-button start, heated front seats, and side-mirror turn signals. Limited models now included a standard smart key with push-button start and dual-zone climate control. Sport models had reduced pricing, but no longer included leather seats or a sunroof.

Elantra Langdong edit

Elantra Langdong (Chinese: 朗動) is a longer version of Elantra for the Chinese market. Released in August 2012, the Langdong sedan is 4 cm (1.6 in) longer and 1 cm (0.39 in) wider than the Elantra sold in other markets. Its hexagonal front grille was replaced with a chrome wing-shaped version.[40][41] The design was based on the Wind Craft concept.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Production models included a choice of 1.6 L MPI engine rated 127.4 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) and 15.9 kg⋅m (156 N⋅m; 115 lbf⋅ft), 1.8 L MPI engines rated 146 PS (107 kW; 144 hp) and 17.8 kg⋅m (175 N⋅m; 129 lbf⋅ft); six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.[42]

Coupe (JK; 2013–2014) edit

2014 Elantra Coupe (US)

For the 2013 model year, a coupe based on the sedan debuted. The coupe featured a continuation of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture body design language, with more aggressive styling than the sedan.[43]

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Busan International Motor Show. The production model included a 2.0 Nu GDi Engine with a 6-speed transmission.[44]

The Elantra Coupe was discontinued after the 2014 model year in the US due to poor sales, allowing the brand to focus on the sedan and GT models.[45]

Safety edit

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was safety tested by IIHS in 2015

IIHS Hyundai Elantra scores:[46]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Acceptable
Small overlap frontal offset Good
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Sixth generation (AD; 2015) edit

Sixth generation
Model codeAD
Also calledHyundai Avante (South Korea, Singapore - 2019 facelift)
2016–present (China)[47]
2021–present (Pakistan)[48]
Model years2016–2020
2017–2020 (North America)
2017–2019 (Malaysia)
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
United States: Montgomery, Alabama (HMMA)
China: Beijing (Beijing Hyundai)
Taiwan: Hukou, Hsinchu (SYM)[49]
India: Chennai (HMIL)
Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor)[50]
Malaysia: Kulim, Kedah (Inokom)
Iran: Bam, Kerman (KMC)[51]
Algeria: Tiaret (TMC)[52]
Pakistan: Faisalabad (Hyundai Nishat)
Vietnam: Ninh Bình (HTMV)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
7-speed DCT
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,570–4,620 mm (179.9–181.9 in)
Width1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height1,435 mm (56.5 in)
Curb weight1,185–1,340 kg (2,612–2,954 lb) (1.6L)
1,215–1,350 kg (2,679–2,976 lb) (2.0L)
1,315–1,433 kg (2,899–3,159 lb) (1.6T Diesel)
1,296 kg (2,857 lb) (1.4T)
1,350–1,430 kg (2,976–3,153 lb) (1.6T)
Hyundai Elantra Elite (Australia)
Interior (pre-facelift)

The sixth generation Elantra was launched in South Korea as the Avante in September 2015. The design of the car was resculpted to a more conservative appearance compared to the previous generation. The "fluidic sculpture" design that had persisted across the Hyundai portfolio since 2011 was reshaped with the sixth generation Elantra. The car is now more like a fastback with its roofline sloped from the windshield to the rear of the car and it has fewer curves overall with pentagonal head and taillights, a hexagonal grille, and redesigned body panels and bumper emphasizing straight lines along the body. The windshield is drawn back from the hood further than the prior generation, making for a more traditional sedan look. The interior is also less curved, with a cockpit, audio/temp controls, and glove compartment in a single bow line across the dash. This was done without reducing the interior cabin space of the prior generation.

In India, the AD series Hyundai Elantra launched on 23 August 2016 with petrol and diesel engine options. Its petrol variant displaces 2.0-litre, while the diesel engine is a 1.6-litre unit.[53]

North America edit

The sixth generation Elantra made its North American debut at the November 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show for the 2017 model year,[54] and released for sale in the United States in January 2016,[55] and in Canada in February 2016.[56] Two trim levels are present in the 2017 model release: SE and Limited (Value Edition and Sport released later). While the Elantra is sold under the compact class, it classifies as a mid-size sedan according to the EPA.[57]

Newly introduced for 2017 was the ECO Trim, a package which replaced the standard engine with a lower displacement turbocharged 1.4 L DOHC Inline-4, 128 hp (95 kW) Kappa engine along with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that improved MPG use for eco driving customers.[58][59]

The new SE model came standard with fewer features compared to the prior generation trim level, and included a 147 hp (110 kW) 2.0 L Nu I4 engine and mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The SE Popular Equipment package which included alloy wheels, cruise control, automatic headlights, and touchscreen stereo with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support; and a Tech Package (required the Popular Equipment package) included LED daytime running lights, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert system, proximity key/push-button start, hands-free trunk access, and TFT monochromatic cluster display (in place of the standard LCD cluster).[60] In North America, the SE Popular Equipment package was not available on SE models with the 6-speed manual transmission.

In the middle of the 2017 model year, steering wheel audio controls become standard equipment across all trims. A mid-level Value Edition trim was also added. On top of the Popular Equipment and Tech Package for the SE, it included a power-adjustable driver's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power sunroof, and an automatic up driver's power window.

Packages for the Limited Edition includes a Limited Tech Package with a power sunroof, touchscreen stereo with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, heated seats, and ClariFi module to enhance interior car audio; and the Ultimate Package (that requires the Limited Tech Package) which adds automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, smart cruise control, lane keep assist, and memory presets for mirrors/driver seat adjustments.[60] For 2018 model year the SEL trim was replaced the SE with Popular Equipment Package, and now includes blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert and lane change assist, four-wheel disc brakes (instead of front disc brakes and rear drum brakes), and rear-seat cupholders instead of center console-mounted ones. Limited models receive glossy black interior accents and a standard auto-dimming rearview mirror. All models also receive a new machine grey exterior color option and three years of complimentary Blue Link/Homelink services.

Elantra Sport edit

Hyundai Elantra Sport for US Market

Roughly halfway through the 2017 model year, Hyundai released a Sport model for the North American market. The Sport slots between the Eco and Limited models and was differentiated externally by different headlights and tail lights, ground effects, a more aggressive front and rear bumper as well as dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets. Under the hood, the Sport featured a Turbocharged 1.6 L direct-injected I4 producing 201 hp (150 kW) and 195 lb⋅ft (264 N⋅m) of torque. Transmission options included a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shift mode or a traditional 6-speed manual. Additional modifications for the sport include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red stitching on the seats, shift boot and steering wheel, larger front brakes, 18" alloy wheels, an independent multi-link rear suspension, a thicker front stabilizer bar, and a lower ratio steering ratio for a quicker feel.

2018 model year added an optional power sunroof and blind-spot monitoring, with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist standard. The Elantra Sport was discontinued in 2020 to make way for the Hyundai Elantra N-Line.

Engines edit

The 2019 Elantra 2.0 offered a six-speed automatic transmission. For the 2020 model year, the 2.0 engine will be paired with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) used in the 2019 Kia Forte. This will enable the 2020 Elantra SE to match the Forte FE's 41 miles per U.S. gallon EPA fuel economy rating on the highway. Higher 2.0 trims, which have added weight and different tires, will be rated at 40 mpg on the EPA highway test.[61] The U.S. website shows a city rating of 31 mpg for the 2020 Elantra SE and 30 mpg for higher trims.[62]

The 1.4 Turbo and 1.6 Turbo engines were offered on the 2019 Elantra sedan in the United States, but not in Canada.

Model Year Transmission Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0-62 mph)
Top speed
1.4 L Kappa II T-GDi 2015–2020 7-speed DCT 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) @ 5,500 rpm 21.5 kg⋅m (211 N⋅m; 156 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,400–3,700 rpm 8.1s 195 km/h (121 mph)
1.6 L Gamma II MPi 6-speed manual 127.5 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) @ 6,300 rpm 15.77 kg⋅m (155 N⋅m; 114 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,850 rpm 10.1s 200 km/h (124 mph)
6-speed automatic 11.6s 195 km/h (121 mph)
1.6 L Smartstream G1.6 MPi 2018–2020 CVT 123 PS (90 kW; 121 hp) @ 6,300 rpm 15.7 kg⋅m (154 N⋅m; 114 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm
1.6 L Gamma II T-GDi 2016–2020 6-speed manual 203.6 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 27.0 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,500–4,500 rpm 8.0s 210 km/h (130 mph)
7-speed DCT 7.7s
2.0 L Nu MPi 2015–2020 6-speed manual 152–156 PS (112–115 kW; 150–154 hp) @ 6,200 rpm 19.6–19.9 kg⋅m (192–195 N⋅m; 142–144 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm 8.6s-8.8s 205–207 km/h (127–129 mph)
6-speed automatic 9.6s-9.9s 202–203 km/h (126–126 mph)
CVT 149 PS (110 kW; 147 hp) @ 6,200 rpm 18.3 kg⋅m (179 N⋅m; 132 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm
1.6 L Gamma LPi 2015–2020 6-speed automatic 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 15.5 kg⋅m (152 N⋅m; 112 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm
1.6 L U II CRDi 2015–2020 6-speed manual 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4,000 rpm 30.6 kg⋅m (300 N⋅m; 221 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,750–2,500 rpm 10.5s 190 km/h (118 mph)
7-speed DCT 11.0s

Elantra Lingdong PHEV edit

The Hyundai Elantra Lingdong PHEV officially launched in China in August 2019 and is produced by Beijing Hyundai, a joint venture by BAIC and Hyundai. The Elantra Lingdong PHEV features a restyled front bumper, and is powered by a 1.6 liter engine producing 105 PS with an electric motor driving. The Elantra Lingdong PHEV is capable of an all-electric range up to 85 km, with the fuel consumption of only 1 liter per 100 km under comprehensive conditions. Prices of the Elantra PHEV in China ranges from 157,800-178,800 yuan (~US$22,450 – US$25,438).[63]

2018 facelift edit

On 6 September 2018, the facelifted Avante was launched in South Korea. Despite widespread initial criticism for its design in Korea, the Avante became the fifth best-selling car in the South Korean market. It received a new exterior look, new wheel designs, new safety features and an updated center stack. The new redesign's exterior changes include a new rear with redesigned tail lights, "ELANTRA" written across the back (on the USDM mode) and a hidden trunk release within the Hyundai emblem.[64]

Interior design changes include revised HVAC controls for both manual and automatic systems and newly designed vents. The steering wheel has also been changed to the same design shared with the Kona, Veloster, and Elantra GT. The instrument cluster has an updated font, center display, and a checkerboard pattern. A new 5-inch touchscreen audio is now standard on the base SE trim and comes with a backup camera. The center storage in front of the shifter no longer has a door to conceal storage in order to accommodate the available Qi wireless charging dock for compatible smartphones. Rear heated seats are also no longer an option.

In the United States, the facelifted Elantra went on sale for the 2019 model year.[65][66] New triangular headlights included LED headlights as an option, removing the previously available adaptive HID headlights.The SEL trim and above now includes previously optional advanced safety equipment, including Forward Collision Avoidance, Lane Keep Assist, and Drive Attention Alert.

Other than South Korea, the face-lifted version of the car was also launched as the Avante in Singapore on 10 January 2019, at the 2019 Singapore Motorshow.[67][68] The Avante was launched with 3 variants, the base model, S variant and Elite variant.[69] As compared to the other 2 higher specification variants, the base model does not come with LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, keyless engine start, electric folding side mirrors, cruise control and features 15" alloy wheels, as compared to 16" alloy wheels on the other 2 variants.[70] The Elite variant has additional features such as LED headlights, an electric driver seat, multi-zone air conditioning and rain sensing wipers as compared to the S variant.[71]

Hyundai Nishat Motors started assembly of the facelifted model in Pakistan in the last quarter of 2020.

Safety edit

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was safety tested by IIHS in 2017

IIHS Hyundai Elantra scores:[72]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Good
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was safety tested by IIHS in 2020

IIHS Hyundai Elantra scores:[73]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Good
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Seventh generation (CN7; 2020) edit

Seventh generation
Model codeCN7
Also calledHyundai Avante (South Korea, Singapore)
Hyundai i30 Sedan (Australia)
Model years2021–present
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
United States: Montgomery, Alabama (HMMA)
China: Beijing (Beijing Hyundai)
Vietnam: Ninh Bình (HTMV)[74]
DesignerLuc Donckerwolke
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
PlatformHyundai-Kia K3
Electric motor43 PS (32 kW; 42 hp) Interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed D6KF1 DCT
7-speed D7UF1 DCT
8-speed D8LF1 DCT
Hybrid drivetrainParallel hybrid (Elantra Hybrid)
Wheelbase2,720 mm (107.1 in)
Length4,650–4,680 mm (183.1–184.3 in)
Width1,825 mm (71.9 in)
1,810 mm (71.3 in) (China)
Height1,415–1,430 mm (55.7–56.3 in)
Curb weight1,160–1,340 kg (2,557–2,954 lb)
1,445–1,495 kg (3,186–3,296 lb) (N)
PredecessorHyundai Ioniq Hybrid[75]

The seventh generation Elantra, which was released for the 2021 model year, was unveiled on 17 March 2020 in West Hollywood, with model code name CN7. It teased a new "parametric dynamics" design language, and a return to a longer and wider fastback rear end sports sedan style.[76][77] The interior features more rear legroom and a new instrument panel design with available twin digital display screens.[78][79] The car went on sale in late 2020 in the U.S. and Canada.

The Elantra includes Hyundai’s Smart Sense safety technology which includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC).[80]

It was selected as the 2021 North American Car of the Year.[81]

In Australia, the seventh-generation Elantra is badged as the i30 Sedan, to allow Hyundai to integrate the Elantra with the popular i30 hatchback for much higher combined sales figures.[82]

In Vietnam, the seventh-generation Elantra was introduced on 14 October 2022 and is offered in three grade levels; Standard, Special and N-Line. Engine options include the 1.6-litre petrol engine paired with 6-speed automatic on Standard and Special grades, the 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with 6-speed automatic on Special grade, while the N-Line grade gets the Smartstream G 1.6-litre T-GDi engine paired with 7-speed DCT.[83]

It is the first generation of Elantra to not be sold in any Western European country.

N-Line edit

Hybrid edit

The Elantra Hybrid can travel 54 mpg‑US (4.4 L/100 km; 65 mpg‑imp) with 139 hp (141 PS; 104 kW) and a 195 lb⋅ft (27 kg⋅m; 264 N⋅m) sent to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.[84] This engine consists of 1.6-liter, 34-kilowatt (46 hp; 46 PS) electric motor, and a 1.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The battery can store enough energy for gas free operation at a parking lot speed, and shuts off during coasting. The battery is located underneath the rear seats and the car has a steering ratio of 12.2:1.

Elantra N/Avante N/i30 Sedan N edit

In July 2021, the Elantra N was announced as the performance model of the Elantra within the Hyundai N sub-brand.[85][86] The vehicle is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo I4 engine with a 52 mm turbine wheel that maintains the maximum output from about 5500 rpm for brisk acceleration. It also applies four-point strut rings and rear stiff bars to strengthen body rigidity. In addition, the low and wide design of the vehicle makes it more suitable for better aerodynamic performance. Brakes are swapped to high performance spec, and tires are upgraded to 245/35/19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S to offer increased track performance compared to lower trims. Upgrades extend to the interior, with N Performance bucket seats as standard. It is available with either a manual transmission or an 8-speed DCT. For DCT models, N Grin Shift (NGS), N Power Shift (NPS) and N Track Sense Shift (NTS) are provided as standard features along with a power moonroof and keyless remote start.[87][88][89] In April 2023, Hyundai unveiled the facelifted Elantra N. It features a similar redesigned front and rear end to the standard Elantra.[90]

Facelift edit

The facelifted Avante was revealed in South Korea on 27 February 2023.[91][92][93] The facelifted Avante N was revealed on 18 April 2023.[94][95]

The North American-market Elantra was introduced on August 30, 2023, along with the refreshed 2024 Hyundai Sonata. [96] In North America, there will be three models available: gasoline-only, gasoline/electric hybrid, and performance-oriented N. The gasoline lineup will feature a new SEL Convenience trim, while the gasoline/electric hybrid model is now available in a single trim. Four new exterior paint color options are available: Ecotronic Gray, Ultimate Red, Exotic Green (available on the N model only), and Amazon Gray. Newly-standard safety features include rear side-impact airbags, a rear seatbelt reminder, and haptic feedback for the steering wheel that is integrated into the vehicle's safety systems. A new curved display screen, which consists of two separate screens under a single pane of glass, also becomes available.

Powertrain edit

Petrol engines
Model Engine Transmissions Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0-62 mph)
Top speed
Smartstream G1.4 T-GDi 1,353 cc (82.6 cu in) I4 7-speed DCT 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 21.5 kg⋅m (211 N⋅m; 156 lb⋅ft) @ 1,400–3,700 rpm 200 km/h (124 mph)
Smartstream G1.5 MPI 1,497 cc (91.4 cu in) I4 CVT 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @ 6,300 rpm 14.7 kg⋅m (144 N⋅m; 106 lb⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm 190 km/h (118 mph)
Gamma 1.6 MPI 1,591 cc (97.1 cu in) I4 6-speed manual 127.5 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) @ 6,300 rpm 15.77 kg⋅m (155 N⋅m; 114 lb⋅ft) @ 4,850 rpm 195 km/h (121 mph)
6-speed automatic 11.3s
Smartstream G1.6 MPI 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 6-speed manual 123 PS (90 kW; 121 hp) @ 6,300 rpm 15.7 kg⋅m (154 N⋅m; 114 lb⋅ft) @ 4,550 rpm 10.6s 197 km/h (122 mph)
CVT 10.7s 195 km/h (121 mph)
Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) turbocharged I4 6-speed manual 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 27 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lb⋅ft) @ 1,500–4,500 rpm 7.9s 225 km/h (140 mph)
7-speed DCT 7.6s
Smartstream G2.0 MPI 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 CVT 149 PS (110 kW; 147 hp) @ 6,200 rpm 18.3 kg⋅m (179 N⋅m; 132 lb⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm
6-speed manual 159 PS (117 kW; 157 hp) @ 6,200 rpm 19.5 kg⋅m (191 N⋅m; 141 lb⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm 203 km/h (126 mph)
6-speed automatic 9.8s
Theta II 2.0 T-GDI 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) turbocharged I4 6-speed manual 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) @ 5,500–6,000 rpm 40 kg⋅m (392 N⋅m; 289 lb⋅ft) @ 2,100–4,700 rpm 5.8s 250 km/h (155 mph)
8-speed DCT 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) @ 5,500–6,000 rpm[101] 5.3s
LPG engine
Model Engine Transmissions Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0-62 mph)
Top speed
Gamma 1.6 LPi 1,591 cc (97.1 cu in) I4 6-speed automatic 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 15.5 kg⋅m (152 N⋅m; 112 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm
Hybrid engine
Model Engine Transmissions Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0-62 mph)
Top speed
Smartstream G1.6 Hybrid 1,580 cc (96 cu in) I4 6-speed DCT 141 PS (104 kW; 139 hp) @ 5,700 rpm 27 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lb⋅ft) 10.5s 178 km/h (111 mph)

Safety edit

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was safety tested by IIHS in 2021

IIHS Hyundai Elantra scores:[102]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Good
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Other versions edit

Elantra Touring edit

2009 Elantra Touring (US)

The first-generation Hyundai i30cw station wagon was marketed in the United States and Canada as the Hyundai Elantra Touring since the 2009 model year until 2012.[103]

Elantra GT edit

The second-generation i30 hatchback was released in the United States and Canada in 2012 as the Hyundai Elantra GT.[104] The nameplate usage continues for the third-generation i30, which was released in 2017 for the 2018 model year.[105] The Elantra GT was discontinued in these markets in 2020 due to the expansion of Hyundai's SUV line-up.[106]

Sales edit

Year South Korea U.S.[107] Canada Mexico China[108][109][110][111] Europe[112]
1997 3,188
1998 3,249
1999 2,910
2000 4,641
2001 18,324
2002[113] 120,638 15,120
2003 120,858 178 9,223
2004 112,892 15,375 102,748 14,385
2005 116,336 16,101 176,589 10,815
2006 98,853 12,228 169,716 3,990
2007 85,724 14,327 120,333
2008 94,720 11,814 203,735
2009 103,269 30,675 411,054
2010 132,246 34,556 304,363
2011 186,361 44,970 385,985 1,628
2012 202,034 50,950 294,434 2,793
2013 247,912 54,760 377,895 1,460
2014 222,023 50,420 3,258[114] 384,702 1,375
2015 99,912 241,706 47,722 5,074[115] 309,894 1,507
2016 93,749 208,319 48,875 3,275[116] 407,106 2,173
2017 83,830 198,210[117] 46,112[118] 4,819[119] 257,572 2,485
2018 75,831 200,415[117] 41,784[120] 3,946[121] 225,697 1,942
2019 62,104 175,094 39,463[113] 3,003[122] 127,779 1,779
2020 87,731 105,475 25,006 1,330[123] 100,530 1,003
2021 71,036 124,422 26,312 131,756 1,913
2022 58,743 117,177 1,082

Naming disputes edit

Mitsubishi Motors Australia complained that the Hyundai Elantra was too close to the Elante trim level, which was last used on the 1991 Magna. British Lotus Cars and South Korean Kia Motors said that the Elantra name was too close to the Lotus Elan and its Kia counterpart. Germany's Audi, meanwhile, complained that "Avante" was too close to Avant (used for Audi station wagons/estates). In 2001, both the Elan and the Elante had ceased production but the Avante's renaming remained necessary as Audi owned the Avant name in Europe and continued to produce it. Because of these naming problems, the Elantra received "Lantra" badges in many markets while "Avante" was mainly used in the South Korean domestic market.

There are also disputes about the chassis codes for the 1996–2000 and the 1999–2000 model years. Hyundai states that the codename of the 1996–98 Elantra is RD and not J2, and the 1999–2000 Elantra's codename is RD2 and not J3.[citation needed]

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