Future Models - Hyundai 2016 Elantra
Hyundai Elantra SR turbo headed to Aus
Turbo boost: The just-launched Elantra (left) will get a sporty lift in the shape of the yet-to-be-revealed SR turbo later this year.
Sportier Hyundai Elantra gets the green light, arriving in the second half
26 February 2016
HYUNDAI will inject some spice into its sixth-generation Elantra small car
range later this year, with the arrival of a turbocharged SR version locked in
Touching down in the second half of 2016, the Elantra will mark the fourth SR
variant in the Hyundai range, following the Veloster Turbo with which it shares
an engine, and the warmed-over naturally aspirated i30 and Accent SR.
Powering the Elantra SR will be the 150kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder GDi
turbocharged petrol engine that is also found under the bonnet of the blown
Veloster and Kia's recently departed Pro_cee'd GT, matched with a six-speed
manual gearbox or optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Pricing is yet to be announced, but it will almost certainly come at a premium
over the just-launched range-topping Elite that is priced at $26,490 plus
on-roads, and will become the flagship now that the Premium spec has been
dropped for the sixth-gen model.
It could line-up in price against the Veloster SR Turbo which ranges from
$29,990 to $32,490, depending on the transmission choice.
Hyundai has not released images of the sporty Elantra, but announced that it
will get a full bodykit with larger alloy wheels than the regular variants. The
base Active has 16-inch hoops while the Elite uses 17-inch alloys.
The SR will also feature coloured interior highlights, a flat-bottomed steering
wheel and sport seats and although precise specification is a while off,
Hyundai said the SR could include more advanced safety technology that the
Active and Elite miss out on.
Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) assistant manager product planning
Jonathan Lam said that the SR would have an independent rear suspension and a
bespoke sports suspension tune “to deliver a truly engaging driving experience”.
“The significant cosmetic changes ensure that the Elantra SR will look as fast
as it goes,” he said at the media launch of the Elantra in Tasmania.
HMCA senior product planning manager Andrew Tuitahi said younger families are
the target market with the Elantra SR.
“It is a mixture,” he told GoAuto. “Some of those middle families are still
quite young and they see a lot of flexibility with the boot. It is easier to
put a pram into the boot of a sedan rather than hatch.
“There is probably opportunity there to appeal to mums and dads who would like
something a little sporty. I think the SR could play that role.”
Mt Tuitahi said there were not many sporty small sedans on the market in
Australia, adding that something like the Elantra SR could appeal to a younger
“The conventional Elantra 2.0-litre MPi sedan would appeal strongly to the
market that we see now. That slightly sporty market appealing to younger buyers
is probably a segment that doesn’t exist too strongly.
“We have got SRi-V in the Cruze and SP25 in the Mazda3 sedan but the sales mix
is still quite strong towards the hatch. We are hoping the 1.6 (SR) turbo might
do a good job of that.”
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