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The third-generation Elantra brought Hyundai's small car into the 21st century
5 Jul 2001
HYUNDAI'S new generation small-medium entrant is now prefixed by an "E" and represents much more than simply a name change from the Lantra we have come to know and, in many ways, like. Still cost-effective, it is expanded in size, equipment and style to take on entrenched rival sedans from Europe and Japan. It is also a better car to drive, though a gain in weight has helped blunt its performance in both 1.8 and 2.0-litre guise.
Model release date: 1 October 2000 to 1 September 2006
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The XD Elantra replaced the RD Lantra in October 2000. The former RD Lantra was sold here between February 1999, with the "RD" representing a facelift and introduction of the 2.0-litre engine. Lantra first appeared in Australia in J1 guise in May 1991. The J2 Lantra, launched in August 1995, was the first variant of the outgoing body shape.
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