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19 Apr 2001

Head restraints and retractable lap-sash seatbelts are provided for all five occupants The GLS driver seat has adjustment for cushion height and lumbar support A radio/cassette CD stereo is standard across the Elantra range Electric windows (front only in GL) and variable intermittent windscreen wipers are standard across the range Remote locking is exclusive to the GLS grade The steering wheel adjusts for height but not reach Factory fitted air-conditioning is standard across the Elantra range The GL Elantra uses 15 x 5.5 steel wheels and full plastic covers with 185/65R15 tyres, replacing 14 x 5 steel with 175/65R14 rubber On the GLS specification, alloy wheels and tyres with a slightly lower profile are used - the tyres measure 195/60R15 The hatch's 60/40 split-fold rear seatback folds forward and the seatbase tumbles to provide nearly 1600mm of load length, a flat floor and a small barrier between the front seats Boot volume in the hatch measures 801 litres and up to 1401 litres when its rear bench seat is folded forward The Elantra is considerably heavier than the Lantra, Hyundai claiming the extra kilos were necessary for greater body strength, NVH reduction and rigidity.

A driver's airbag and front seatbelt pretensioners with a load-limiting device are standard across the range Anti-lock brakes and a front passenger airbag are contained in an option pack Remote locking is the exclusive domain of the GLS grade GLS also features an alarm system Both the 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines are up in power, torque and fuel economy, while down in emissions and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) The 2.0-litre develops 104kW at 6000rpm (up 3kW) and 182Nm at 4500 rpm (up 2Nm) Elantra continues with all-independent suspension, with MacPherson struts up front and a multilink design at the rear The optional four-speed automatic transmission now features adaptive fuzzy-logic control The manual transmission has an improved shift action with the use of double cone keyless synchronisers on first and second gear Dual-diagonal split-circuit power-assisted braking system with pressure proportioning valve Rear drums used on the sedan 258x10.4mm solid rear discs used on the heavier five-door hatch The Elantra uses a power-assisted rack and pinion steering system

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Hyundai claims surveys showed Australians preferred the "Elantra" name over Lantra, saying it evokes a more upmarket and luxurious image.

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