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The new Hyundai Elantra will be launched in Malaysia this weekend, and dealers have begun releasing full specifications and equipment of the AD-generation model ahead of the event. The Korean C-segment sedan will be available in three variants – 2.0 Executive, 2.0 Dynamic and sportier 1.6 Turbo.

Also revealed are tentative pricing for all three models, which starts at RM119,899 for the base 2.0 Executive, rising up to RM124,237 for the 2.0 Dynamic and RM135,404 for the top-of-the-range 1.6 Turbo. All prices are on-the-road with insurance.

Power comes from a 2.0 litre Nu MPI four-cylinder engine that develops 152 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Turbo model gets a 1.6 litre Gamma T-GDI four-pot punching out 204 PS at 6,000 rpm and 265 Nm from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.

All that power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels. The 2.0 litre and 1.6 litre models also differ underneath, with the former getting torsion beam rear suspension and the latter receiving a more sophisticated multilink rear axle.

In terms of equipment, both 2.0 litre variants are pretty much identical, with the Dynamic model only adding on a bodykit with integrated LED daytime running lights. Standard kit includes automatic halogen projector headlights, LED positioning lamps, front fog lights (Executive only) and 17-inch turbine-design alloy wheels.

Also included are keyless entry, push-button start, suede and leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, manual air-con, front and rear parking sensors, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rear-view camera and handsfree bootlid opening.

The Sport version, on the other hand, is differentiated by more aggressive front and rear bumpers, deeper side skirts and twin exhaust pipes on the right side. Inside, there’s a flat-bottomed steering wheel (like the Ioniq’s, but with a red stripe at the bottom), faux carbon fibre dashboard trim and striking black-and-red leather upholstery on the seats and door cards.

Kit count is bolstered with xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic air-con and steering wheel paddle shifters. Safety-wise, all models come with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system, with the Sport model also gaining blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert.


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