Hyundai Elantra loses base variant: No more 'most affordable' executive sedan

Hyundai India has silently removed the Elantra's base 'S' variant from the line-up. With this change, its entry-level pricing has now gone up by 2.6 lakh. The company has updated new brochure on the official website with only the SX and SX(O) variants.

By: Prashant Singh
| Updated on: 14 May 2020, 17:24 PM
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Hyundai Elantra (2019) pictured.
Hyundai Elantra (2019) pictured.

Previously, the Elantra S Manual served as the base variant. It was priced at 15,89,000, but now SX Manual serves as the entry-level variant which retails at 18,49,000. With this rejig, Elantra has lost the 'most affordable executive sedan' title to Honda Civic which starts from 17,93,900 for the base V CVT variant and extends all the way up to 21,24,900 for the ZX CVT variant.

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The brochure has also included the upcoming 1.5-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel engine which was previously confirmed. But currently, the price list excludes the diesel's pricing.

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With the launch of the new diesel engine in future, there is a possibility that the company may revise the current SX and SX(O) configurations.

The upcoming 1.5-litre diesel is known to produce 115 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 25.5 kg.m (250.07 Nm) of peak torque at 1,500-2,750 rpm. It is going to be available with a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The country's leap to the stricter BS 6 update has resulted in discontinuation of the Toyota Corolla Altis, which was once the top-selling car of its segment. Apart from that, another blow the segment came when Honda pulled plugs on the Civic's 1.5-litre diesel engine due to the stricter BS 6 emission norms. Also, it is currently not in the know if this powerplant would return anytime soon in the updated BS 6 form.

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The next-gen Skoda Octavia will join the executive sedan segment in the Indian market by 2021.

(All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi)

First Published Date: 14 May 2020, 17:20 PM IST
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