Hyundai has officially introduced the sixth-generation Elantra four-door sedan on the South Korean market back in September 2015. And now the South Korean-based car manufacturer is re-introducing the mid-facelifted version of the 2020 Elantra sedan with several important improvements focusing on fuel efficiency. The most highlighted is the use of a new CVT gearbox that Hyundai claims has improved overall fuel economy consumption for the Elantra sedan, as well as increasing its EPA rating.
Speaking of its design changes, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra gets some changes and refreshments on its exterior design, including a new dynamic looks and a sharper exterior design than the outgoing model. The most striking changes can be found on the front end, which now adopts a new front grille design flanked by sharper headlights, plus a redesigned hood. The facelifted Elantra looks more handsome thanks to the aggressive redesign that Hyundai has done on its exterior. Besides that, there are still a number of other minor improvements, including a new front-rear fascia, new taillights design, as well as a new LED headlights and new alloy wheel designs specifically offered for Sport and Limited trims.
Tech Specs and Engine Options
The interior also received several significant improvements for the 2020 model year, including a new instrument panel, air vents, gauge clusters, and a new center stack. Unfortunately, the standard interior features for the facelifted Elantra sedan are still the same as the outgoing models and not much has changed, including the 5-inch infotainment touchscreen, power windows, Bluetooth connectivity, power door locks, and 15-inch steel wheels with a hubcaps. As for the standard safety features include driver-attention alerts, blind-spot monitoring system, automated emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist system.
Under the hood, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra (base SE trim) is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four engine mated to a new CVT gear, rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. What needs to be underlined is that this 2.0L engine is now available with a new standard CVT gearbox (Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission). The turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine is still available on the ECO trim level, which is capable of producing 128 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Sport offers more power output from under its hood, which is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo engine that can deliver 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai offers CVT as a new standard option on the Elantra SE, the rest of the transmission options are still the same as the current model. A six-speed manual transmission is available as a standard on the Elantra SE and Sport, while a six-speed automatic transmission is only available as an optional. Customers who choose the Eco trim on the Elantra sedan will get a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as standard equipment.
Fuel Efficiency Improvements and EPA Ratings
The official EPA website has officially announced the EPA ratings for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra. The base SE model with a 2.0-liter engine paired to the CVT gearbox can return 31 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined. Previous models equipped with six-speed automatic gearbox hhave EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. Compared to the previous model, it means that there’s an increase in EPA rating of 2/3/2 mpg (city/highway/combined).
A few years ago, both Hyundai and Kia were hit by the EPA rating forgery scandal which made them have to pay a fine of $41,2 million to 33 states. The fifth-generation Hyundai Elantra is claimed to get an EPA highway rating of 40 mpg, but this is a fake EPA ratings. Then in 2017, Hyundai introduced the sixth-generation Elantra sedan with a new Eco trim option, a 1.4-liter turbo engine, and dual-clutch automatic transmission that can provide a real EPA rating of 40 mpg on the highway.
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Pricing and Release Date
Pricing and release date are not yet known, but expect the 2020 Hyundai Elantra to be released to the United States sometime this fall. The price tag will likely rise slightly from the current model which starts at the base MSRP of $18,985 and jumps to $23,485 for the upper trim level. Toyota Corolla, Kia Forte, and Honda Civic are a few closest competitors for the Elantra sedan.
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