GALLERY: New Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Executive, RM140k

GALLERY: New Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Executive, RM140k

As promised, we now bring you a full gallery of the newly launched 2021 Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Executive. The new entry-level variant is being sold at an introductory price of RM139,888, and like its decked out Premium sibling, it is fully imported from South Korea. Included in the price is the same five-year or 300,000 km warranty package.

Generally, the kit list between the Executive and Premium is pretty much the same, especially on the outside. There are four colours available, and the car pictured here is finished in Electric Shadow. The other three colours are Polar White, Amazon Grey and Intense Blue.

No changes have been made to the exterior, so it soldiers on with the bi-LED projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED combination tail lights with LED fog lamp, 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels shod with 225/45 profile Kumho Ecsta tyres, keyless entry with push-start button, and powered side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals.

Inside is where things start to feel different. Being RM19k cheaper, the Executive settles for black fabric seats with contrast stitching (manual adjustment for both front seats), and a more conventional analogue instrumentation with a 4.2-inch multi-info display.

Nice-to-haves such as the heating and ventilation function for the front seats, heated steering wheel function, wireless smartphone charging tray and the electrochromic rear-view mirror have been removed altogether.

Another compromise HSDM had to make was to offer just the basic functionalities of Hyundai SmartSense. The Executive only gets passive cruise control, blind-spot collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Other advanced safety assist systems such as AEB (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), adaptive cruise control, high beam assist and lane keeping assist have been stripped from the list.

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No further omissions have been made, so the Executive shares the same 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated Smartstream engine that develops 123 PS at 6,300 rpm and 154 Nm at 4,500 rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels through an intelligent variable transmission (basically a CVT that Hyundai developed in-house) with eight virtual speeds. There are four selectable drive modes – Smart, Normal, Eco and Sport – that alter powertrain and drivetrain behaviours, too.

If you’re interested to check out the Elantra in detail, feel free to do so at There, you can browse through its entire list of specifications and equipment, and you can also compare it with other vehicles of your choosing.

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  • This car only worth rm70-80k to me…fabric seats rm140k?!!

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    • (Dude) on May 04, 2021 at 5:04 pm

      Little do know Mercedes BMW Audi aslo sold fabric seats in Germany for a similar price

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      • Jonn Dol on May 04, 2021 at 10:48 pm

        For a similar RM140k price i’d picked suzuki swift sport though

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      • Bemtley on May 05, 2021 at 1:48 am

        But this is low class car, why so expensive?

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      • You can not like our government, purely based on conversion. You have to see how much is their income and living standard relative to car price!

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    • YB Albert on May 04, 2021 at 8:58 pm

      Sime Darby has overtaken UMW,another GLC in terms of super hyperinflated pricing.
      At that kind of price range,one can have a base spec X70 plus a Bezza or persona.
      However,Sime darby still thinks their pricing is due to Rolls Royce quality.

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    • actually, a good quality fabric feels more premium these days, comparing to pvc leather.

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  • jayjay on May 04, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    why bother selling it here at that price?? no market survey?

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  • Ppl would expect Korean High Spec to be the same price with Japanese base spec, but this is the other way round.. Kudos HSDM..

    The reason y ppl used to buy korean car is because they want a budget alternative but not a national car.. good luck HSDM

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  • Elantra on May 04, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Wow.. suddenly the full specs Elantra @ 159k become value buy when comparing with this kosong Elantra @ 140k lol..Don’t waste time la.. this is even worst.. A more powerful civic 1.8 with multilink suspension, LED instrument is 31k cheaper…

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  • Contender on May 04, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Hyundai the Korean Lexus ? LOL only in Malaysia

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  • Burnt Disc on May 05, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Too late, too expensive and too kosong…… compete with other brands. This Hyundai gonna be very very rare in the road.

    Count yourself super lucky if you see one on the road.

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    • I really saw one car before in blue. People that want to be super rare will buy this car. I love rare car too but not this one!

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  • pak belalang on May 05, 2021 at 9:14 am

    joke of the year…. previous model 1.6 turbo only

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  • DonkeyKong on May 05, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Honestly this is pretty pathetic.. From the hideous dashboard to the fabric seats, for RM140k??

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  • RM140k for 1.6NA? Who give them confidence? If we categorize as AVOID, CONSIDER, SHORTLIST and BUY, even RM120k, I will still say AVOID!

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