There’s a manual-transmission base model under $18,000, a $27,000 N Line and more!
Hyundai surprised and delighted fans when it announced the 2021 Elantra would be fresher than a mid-cycle refresh and receive the full new-generation treatment.
This week the South Korean automaker slapped price tags on the lineup, including the first-ever hybrid Elantra and first-ever N Line Elantra.
The base Essential MT model, which rides on an almost entirely new platform and uses the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder as its predecessor, will go for $17,899 for the manual transmission; and $19,799 for the automatic in Canada. That engine makes 147 horsepower and 132 foot-pounds of torque, churning the front wheels via a CVT.
Trimming up the sedan from the Preferred ($21,899) to the Preferred with Sun and Tech ($23,399) to the Ultimate ($25,599) to the Ultimate Tech ($28,299) doesn’t change the powertrain performance until you get to the N Line ($27,599) and pop the hood to find a 1.6L turbo with seven-speed double-clutch transmission. That’ll push 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, which can be harnessed even more directly thanks to performance-enhancing engineering that makes it stiffer and more stable, especially in the available sport mode.
Over in hybrid land, prices start at $24,699 for the HEV Preferred; and $26,999 for the HEV Luxury. Power, in this case, comes from a 1.6L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque working in concert with a 43-horsepower electric motor that adds another 125 lb-ft of torque for a total output of 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Elantra HEV’s combined average fuel economy is 4.7 L/100 kilometres.
Every Elantra save the base MT comes stock with Hyundai’s SmartSense system including auto-braking with pedestrian detection, lane-follow assist, drowsy-driver monitor, adaptive cruise control and more.
Watch for the seventh-generation Elantra later this autumn, followed by the N Line early in 2021.