Here are all the key details about the India bound 2012 Hyundai Elantra Fluidic
The Elantra in Fluidic guise will be the South Korean brand Hyundai’s challenger in the Indian D-segment car space. The car is expected to be launched in August 2012, with select media outlets already getting the opportunity to drive the latest Fluidic model bound to India. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Fluidic, like its name suggests embodies the Fluidic design philosophy in both the interiors as well as the exteriors of the car. The Elantra Fluidic has been a huge success for Hyundai in markets across the world and the brand will want to replicate the same, in India as well.
A grown up Verna Fluidic that is much roomier and richer in terms of equipment levels is what the Elantra Fluidic essentially is. The car will be available in both petrol as well as diesel engine options. The petrol engine is a direct injected 1.8 Liter engine tthat uses variable valve timing. This engine produces a peak power of 147 Bhp at 6,500 rpm and 181 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm, clearly the most powerful petrol unit in the D-segment. This engine is being introduced for the first time by Hyundai in India. The diesel engine however, is the same 1.6 Liter turbo diesel unit that also does duty on the Verna.
The 1.6 liter turbo diesel engine produces identical power and torque figures to that of the Verna with peak power and torque rated at 126 Bhp-260 Nm. Both the engines are expected to be available with 6 speed manual and automatic transmissions. coming to the interiors, they’re a step from that of the Verna, which itself comes with well appointed interiors with soft touch plastics and leather abounding the top end model. Similarly, the Elantra Fluidic will also come with high quality interiors befitting its premium positioning along with class leading features.
Stuff like cruise control, reverse parking sensors, electronically adjustable seats and wing mirrors which also come with a heating function, ventilates front seats, dual zone climate control and audio controls for rear seat occupants are a few of the prominent creature comforts on the Elantra. Safety too is accorded a high priority with 6 airbags, ABS, EBS and ESP available as standard on the top-of-the-line variant. By the looks of it, Hyundai India seems to have a winner at hand, just as the Elantra has proved to be across the globe. Pricing though, will be the keenly anticipated factor that has the potential to make or break the car. Hyundai has showcased that it can price its cars quite sharply, with the likes of the i120 Fluidic and the Verna Fluidic. So, history seems to be in its favor. Watch this space.