So the hottest news right now is Hyundai Elantra 1.6 is on its way. Hyundai Pakistan is obviously interested in tapping in the smaller engine capacity car segment with the new car. The 2000cc engine in the current Elantra means higher taxes and that means higher overall price. Nowadays it costs around 4.4 million rupees. With the smaller capacity engine, Hyundai Pakistan will be able to lower the price of the car significantly and target lower price bracket consumers as well.
Although there are many sedans as well as small crossover SUVs in and around this segment; from 1.5 Honda City to 1.5 Alsvin, to the 1.4 Kia Stonic, but the only car in this category with a 1600cc engine is the current generation Toyota Corolla. The 1.6 Corolla starts from 3.4 million and goes up to 3.9 million. But I think it is safe to say that Hyundai Pakistan wants to compete with all those other vehicles in the similar price bracket as much as it wants to compete with the current 1.6 Corolla which happens to be Elantra’s exact competitor.
In this blog, we will be talking about some of the specs and major differences between both cars. The Elantra is of course not official and we don’t know what features it will come with. Right now, we will be looking at some of the top of the line 2.0 Elantra compared to the current Corolla and see if those features will make it to the smaller variant as well.
Let’s start with the visual first. First of all, keep in mind that both cars are not exactly the new generation. Both current Elantra and Corolla have been discontinued internationally and new models are being sold in other countries. We in Pakistan are lucky enough to get older generation. So both are one generation older.
Elantra does look aggressive especially thanks to those DRL and overall shape and body cuts of Elantra are much more aggressive. Corolla on the other hand looks sleeker and sportier. Elantra has the massive grille in front and those angular cuts that define the overall shape of the car. Corolla on the other hand has as wide a grille but the black bar that goes through the upper portion of the grille diminishes the overall aggressiveness of the design. Similarly, from the back, the Elantra slouches whereas the Corolla has rather a boxy posterior.
Size wise, here are the dimensions of both cars:
Both cars have exactly the same wheelbase and overall length whereas the Elantra is lower in height and slightly wider than the Corolla. The Elantra weighs around 1220 kg whereas the Corolla weighs around 1260kg.
Well as mentioned above, both Corolla and Elantra are the only new cars with similar displacement in the segment.
Corolla’s 1598cc naturally aspirated engine makes 120bhp and 154 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 1591cc naturally aspirated direct injection Elantra engine makes 126bhp and 155 Nm of torque. On paper the Elantra is slightly more powerful than the Corolla, and it’s the weight that will determine the overall performance of these cars.
Corolla is available in a 6-speed manual and 4-speed automatic. Whether Hyundai will offer a manual as well as an obvious automatic, is yet to be seen, otherwise there will be a similar 6-speed auto that is offered by Hyundai in 2.0 Elantra.
Interior and Features
Now since the point of launching a smaller engine car is to lower the price of the car, here is what will make or break the new Elantra. Hyundai will need to be careful with how stripped feature-wise the lower variant Elantra will be. Hyundai definitely won’t want the new 1.6 Elantra to cannibalise the current 2.0 Elantra, so other than engine difference, there will be differences in offered features as well to keep one car premium compared to the other. On the other hand, the features must be able to compete with what Corolla has to offer. So it is going to be a balance between features and price of the new car compared to the competition of course but also to Hyundai’s own premium car.
Top of the line Corolla 1.6 offers features like DRLs, auto levelling LED headlights, 16” alloys, smart key entry and remote trunk opener, push start, automatic climate control, 9” multimedia display head unit with steering controls, dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, to name some of them.
Since we are not sure about the features that will be available in the 1.6 Elantra, let’s take a look at the 2.0 Elantra and see if they will be offered in the 1.6 model or not. The 2.0 Elantra offers dual zone climate control, ABS (EBD+BA), dual airbags, cruise control, steering controls, electronically adjustable seats, wireless charger, Bluetooth connectivity, different driving modes, hill start assist, vehicle stability control and traction control, and much more to name a few.
Considering Corolla 1.6’s specs, one would think the new 1.6 Elantra wont have such an extensive list of features and things like hill start assist and driving modes and even cruise control won’t be offered in the new upcoming lower variant.
But whatever the case, it will be interesting to see how the new Elantra will be able to handle the pressure of Pakistan automotive market and how will the public receive the new car.