Hyundai Motor America today announced pricing for the all-new 2017 Elantra Eco, which comes well-equipped with a new fuel-efficient turbocharged powertrain, advanced safety features and user-friendly technology for $20,650. Assembled in Montgomery at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, the new Elantra Eco arrives in dealerships this month, joining the rest of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra trims including the value-packed SE and the premium-appointed Limited.
“Now entering its sixth-generation, the Elantra model has always been synonymous with value in the highly competitive compact car segment,” said Mike Evanoff, manager, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “With the new Elantra we not only focused key development objectives on performance, ride quality and efficiency, but committed ourselves to delivering a compelling value proposition at all price points. The Eco is an all-new trim for Elantra that offers consumers enhanced fuel efficiency with a 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct injected powertrain combined with standard high-demand features such as Blind Spot Detection and our 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ support.”
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA TRIM & PRICING BREAKDOWN
The 2017 Elantra is offered in three distinct trim levels to meet the needs of varying consumer preferences:
SE: Well-equipped model with popular options and technology
Eco: Fuel-efficient turbo model
Limited: Premium model with leather, advanced safety technology and features
A Sport model will appear later in the year and push the dynamics and fun-to-drive factor of Elantra to all-new levels.
Exclusive to the Elantra Eco is an all-new efficient 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder producing 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a robust 156 lb-ft. of torque at a low 1,400 ~ 3,700 rpm. This engine is mated to a new seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission providing dynamic and efficient driving performance through its optimized gear-ratios and seamless shifting. With this innovative powertrain, the Elantra Eco delivers an impressive 35 mpg combined, 32 city and 40 mpg highway on regular unleaded gasoline and could result in an average annual fuel cost of just $950 (source: fueleconomy.gov).
An integrated cylinder head and exhaust manifold help to improve fuel economy at higher engine speeds, while an optimized straight intake port increases tumble flow for fast combustion, suppressing knock tendency to further enhance efficiency. In addition, all Elantras are equipped with a new Drive Mode Select feature that adjusts both powertrain performance and steering effort, allowing the driver to customize the driving character by selecting from three modes: Eco, Normal or Sport, simply by touching a button on the center console.
The Elantra Eco shares the same bold aerodynamic design and signature hexagonal grille with the rest of the Hyundai Elantra line-up, but distinguishes itself with an “Eco” badge and unique 15-inch alloy wheels. Standard vertical LED daytime running lights add a distinctive front light signature along with thoughtful door handle welcome lights for improved visibility at night. The Eco also includes Elantra’s segment-exclusive hands-free Smart Trunk, allowing drivers to conveniently open the trunk if their hands are full by simply approaching the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in a purse or pocket. An audible beep will sound three times, and the trunk will automatically open, making it easy to place items in the cargo area.
On the inside, the Elantra Eco’s driver-oriented design provides class-above interior roominess, high-quality materials and premium technology features for intuitive control. The Eco prominently features a 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera and includes Apple™ CarPlay and Android™ Auto support for the connected driver. These smartphone integration options prevent driver distraction by providing seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used compatible smartphone functions including app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, plus any approved smartphone apps. Additional premium convenience features for the Eco include proximity key with push-button start, heated front seats, dual automatic temperature control, and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio, cruise and phone controls.
The 2017 Elantra is equipped with a standard seven airbag system including a new driver’s knee airbag and is expected to receive top safety ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA. Elantra’s safety performance is reinforced through its rigid chassis composed of 53 percent advanced high-strength steel and a 40-time increase in structural adhesive application, also providing significant improvements in vehicle ride and handling, quietness, durability and driving performance. The Elantra Eco provides additional driver assistance with standard Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, further enhancing the vehicle’s safety in helping drivers to prevent accidents.
The 2017 Elantra also offers additional advanced safety technologies available on the Limited trim with Ultimate package which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with class-exclusive Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System and High Beam Assist.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.
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