HYUNDAI-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) recently launched its sixth generation Elantra and a new 1.6L Turbo GDI (T-GDI) petrol engine variant of its compact-sports utility vehicle (SUV) Tucson.

The Elantra ranks among the top 10 best-selling models in the world and has achieved global cumulative sales of more than 10 million units since the introduction of the first generation in 1990.

It sets a new standard in its segment with new levels of sophistication applied to its interior and exterior.

“This all-new Elantra is evolutionary, not just in its new design but in all features that come with it. We are certain of receiving favourable response from the market with this upgraded model as it offers the best value in its class,” said managing director Lau Yit Mun.

It is available in three variants - the 2.0 MPI Executive, 2.0 MPI Dynamic and the Elantra Sport. The 2.0 MPI Executive is priced at RM116,388, while the 2.0 MPI Dynamic is at RM120,588.

The range-topping Elantra Sport retails at RM131,488. All prices are without insurance and for peninsular Malaysia only.

The all-new Elantra comes in two engine options. The Nu 2.0-litre MPI engine and the Gamma 1.6-litre Turbo-GDI engine. The Nu 2.0-litre MPI four-cylinder engine that powers the executive and dynamic variants is capable of producing 150hp at 6,200rpm and 192Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Gamma 1.6-litre T-GDI engine that is found in the Elantra Sport is mated with a Ecoshift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It is able of churning out 202hp at 6,000rpm and 265Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500rpm.

Part of the key highlights of the new upgraded model includes the new fluidic 2.0 design concept, powerful powertrain NU2.0 MPI and the Gamma 1.6 T-GDI, 53 per cent advanced high strength steel (an increased of 32 per cent as compared with the previous model), improvement in the torsional stiffness, ultra-rigid chassis, bending resistance strength.

The all-new Elantra comes with comprehensive safety features that includes vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, hill-start assist control, six airbags, emergency fastening device and the blind spot detection (which is applicable for Elantra Sport only).

Other fascinating highlights include the hands-free smart trunk system, AV system that supports Android Auto and Car Play, reverse camera, auto cruise control, front and rear parking assist. It also comes with 407 litres of boot space.

All of the new Elantra variants are entitled to 50,000km of free service with a three-year validity.

Concurrently, HSDM will also introduce the new 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine of its Hyundai Tucson variant. The new Tucson variant is priced at RM145,888 without insurance.

The turbocharged 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine is mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) that delivers 175hp at 5,500rpm and 265Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500rpm. The Hyundai-developed 7DCT offers efficiency with quick, seamless shifting and brisk acceleration.

When compared with some of the competitors’ continuously-variable transmissions, this DCT is able to handle more torque with minimal power interruption throughout the powertrain operating range for a natural acceleration characteristic while offering greater durability.

Apart from the new powerful powertrain, this new Tucson variant is also bundled with features such as LED positioning headlamps with static bending lights, auto hold function that automatically holds the brake steady once the vehicle has come to a complete stop, a smart powered tailgate that opens at the approach of the key-holder and a newly-designed rims for a sporty look.

“With the launch of the 1.6L T-GDI variant with more variants to come, we hope to expand our SUV offerings and cater to more market segments. We will be introducing more Tucson variants in the coming months,” said Lau.

The new Tucson variant also features a state-of-the-art safety system that offers optimal driving stability.

It includes the vehicle stability management system, hillstart assist control, downhill brake control, six airbags and the electric parking brake with an automatic vehicle hold feature.

HSDM is also offering optional accessories with added costs, such as the two leather packages for seats and interior door trimmings (with a colour options of red or white), body kits and the 19-inch rims are available for customers who would like to enhance the look of their Tucson.

This best-selling Hyundai C-segment SUV posted total global sales of 238,951 units last year, registering a sales growth of 9.75 per cent from the year before.

All Tucson variants are entitled to 50,000km free service with a three-year validity period.

Currently, HSDM is offering a five-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty on all passenger vehicles. A 24-hour road assist service is also available for new and existing Hyundai vehicles.

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