2015 Elantra Brings Feature-Packed Value To Shoppers

             2015 Elantra Brings Feature-Packed Value To Shoppers

PR Newswire

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 3, 2014

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Hyundai Elantra
returns for the 2015 model year with new features and packaging updates to
give shoppers even more value and style. The award-winning compact continues
its high value proposition as a strong choice in this highly-competitive
segment, validated by several coveted accolades over the model's lifecycle,
including ranking the highest in its segment for initial quality in the
influential J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study^SM (IQS). Elantra is
also the recipient of multiple ALG Residual Value Awards and remains one of
the top-shopped vehicles in the segment.


2015 Elantra Highlights

  oHighest ranked in Compact Car segment for initial quality according to JD
  oElantra SE: New Style Package, providing a $400 value savings
  oElantra Sport: New Tech Package
  oElantra Limited Tech Package becomes Ultimate Package, providing a $350
    savings over the previous model year Tech Package
  oNew color availability

For the 2015 model year, Elantra shoppers get the choice of additional
packaging options and updated colors across the line-up. The
performance-oriented Elantra Sport gets a new optional Tech Package, while
Elantra SE adds a new Style Package offering savings adding up to $400 in
value. Similarly, the Limited Ultimate Package offers $350 in savings over the
previous model year Limited Tech Package with the same content. 2015 Elantra
pricing starts at $17,250, excluding $810 freight.

The 2015 Elantra continues to benefit from the exterior and interior styling
updates introduced last year along with the addition of the 2.0-liter Nu GDI
inline four-cylinder engine standard in Elantra Sport. Revised steering,
handling and a focus on reduced wind, engine and road noise enhance the
Elantra all around. Its dynamic exterior styling evokes a stable, balanced and
expressive look. Inside the cabin, a premium interior with the latest
technology provides an upscale environment for both driver and passengers.

Updates for 2015:


  oNEW: Elantra SE Style Package (Requires SE Popular Equipment Package) -
    provides a $400 value savings and is fitted with black cloth seating
    exclusive to the SE trim

       oPower tilt and slide sunroof
       oLeather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
       oProjector headlights with LED accents
       oChrome beltline molding
       oAluminum entrance sills (front doors)

  oNEW: Elantra Sport Tech Package (requires Sport AT)

       o7-inch touchscreen navigation system
       o360-watt Premium audio with external digital amp
       oBlue Link telematics

  oElantra Limited Ultimate Package, provides a $350 savings over the
    previous model year Tech Package with same content
  oElantra SE Popular Equipment Package adds driver's one-touch auto up


  oElantra SE and Limited add new colors

       oQuartz White Pearl
       oSymphony Silver
       oLakeside Blue
       oShale Gray Metallic

  oElantra Sport adds a new color: Monaco White

Elantra exemplifies Hyundai's emotional "Fluidic Sculpture" design principles.
"Fluidic Sculpture" considers the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to
create the illusion of constant motion. Along Elantra's sides are Sonata's
flowing lines, with the addition of a strong undercut feature line starting at
the front door. These lines, along with muscular wheel arches and a sleek
roofline, create a memorable and spacious package. Flowing lines also lead to
an aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra sedan line-up is an
exceptionally low 0.28 that compares to Toyota's most slippery, dedicated fuel
economy version of Corolla, the LE Eco.

Hyundai's signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights
give Elantra a compact athletic face, emboldened by an open-mouth lower
bumper, grille, L-shaped foglights and available projector headlamps with LED
accents. Its athletic stance is further complemented by 15-, 16- or 17-inch
wheels. Side mirrors available with integrated turn signals and LED rear
taillights complete the distinct and premium look. Elantra was designed at
Hyundai's North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif.

Under the hood, the Elantra offers two engine choices. A 1.8-liter Nu
four-cylinder engine that outputs 145 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque is
standard on SE and Limited trims. The Elantra Sport, introduced for the 2014
model year, offers a standard 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine producing 173 horsepower
at 6500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 rpm (166 horsepower and 148
lb-ft of torque for Elantra Sport PZEV). This adds 28 more horsepower (+ 19
percent) and 24 lb.-ft. of torque (+19 percent) compared to the 1.8-liter Nu
engine. The engine also delivers more torque - from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm for
impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline. The Elantra Sport
with the 2.0-liter GDI engine and six-speed automatic transmission achieves an
EPA estimated 24 city/35 highway/28 combined mpg. The 1.8-liter Nu
four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic when equipped with 15 or 16-inch
wheels achieves an EPA estimated 28 city/38 highway/32 combined mpg. When
combined with 17-inch wheels, 1.8-liter models with the six-speed automatic
achieve 27 city/37 highway/31 combined mpg.

A shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery allows for greater control of the
fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is
injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures
up to 2,176 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.5:1
compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are "dished" to increase
combustion efficiency in the cylinder.

Key Nu Engine Components:

  oAluminum block and head
  oDual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
  oVariable Induction System (VIS)
  oRoller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
  oElectronic throttle control
  oOffset crankshaft

Nu engines feature an aluminum block with a cast iron cylinder liner and
aluminum cylinder head. They also offer Dual Continuously Variable Valve
Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power,
efficiency and refinement. Using CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages
when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft, including a two
percent improvement in performance (increased volumetric efficiency), two
percent improvement in fuel economy (reduced pumping loss) and a 30 percent
reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and
hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve driven friction to improve fuel economy
one percent compared with direct valve driving. The Nu engine family also
features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability
and improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).

The application of a plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) versus
aluminum, enables switching between long and short intake manifolds, resulting
in a four percent improvement in performance. The Nu four-cylinder engine also
has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction between the piston and
cylinder wall for a one percent improvement in fuel economy.

Another tool Hyundai engineers have incorporated into Elantra is an electronic
throttle control. The electronic throttle control replaces the conventional
cable and mechanical linkage with fast responding electronics. This system
accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability,
response and fuel economy.


                2015       2014    2014        2014    2014    2014    2014
                Elantra    Civic   Corolla     Focus   Mazda3  Cruze   Dart
Engine         1.8L I4    1.8L I4 1.8L I4     2.0L I4 2.0L I4 1.8L I4 2.0L I4
HP             145 @ 6500 143 @   132 @ 6000  160 @   155 @   138 @   160 @
                           6500                6500    6000    6300    6400
Specific output 80.6       79.4    73.3        80.0    77.5    75.6    80.0
Torque         130 @ 4700 129 @   128 @ 4400  146 @   150 @   125 @   148 @
                           4300                4450    4000    3800    4600
Transmission   6MT or 6AT 5MT or  5MT or 4AT  5MT or  6M or   6MT or  6MT or
                           CVT     or CVT      6AT     6AT     6AT     6AT
MPG (A/T)      28/38      30/39   26/34       28/37   30/41   22/35   24/34
MPG (M/T)      27/37      28/36   27/34       26/36   29/41   25/36   25/36

^Note: ULEV standard engines shown for all models

The 2015 Elantra can be equipped with a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or
automatic (A6GF1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC manual control. This transmission
mated to the Nu engine helps Elantra deliver improved fuel efficiency.

Elantra's six-speed manual transmission provides crisp shifts and further
optimizes engine performance. These crisp shifts are courtesy of triple-cone
synchronizers for first and second gears, double-cone for third gear and
single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears.

Elantra is a "class above" when it comes to interior room, in comparison to
the Honda Civic and Ford Focus. In fact, the Elantra is so roomy the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a mid-size car, not a
compact car like some of its key segment competitors.

Elantra's total interior volume of 110.4 cubic feet beats the 2014 Honda Civic
sedan, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, 2014 Ford Focus and 2014 Dodge Dart.
Surprisingly, it even surpasses the 2014 Nissan Maxima (110.0 cu. ft), and VW
CC (106.8 cu. ft.) in total interior volume. Ultimately, the long wheelbase
allows for compact car efficiency with mid-size car comfort. An example of
this is found in the long seat track, delivering best-in-class front seat
legroom. Elantra's trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic, Focus and


                  2015     2014    2014     2014     2014     2014    2014
                  Elantra  Civic   Corolla  Cruze    Sentra   Focus   Dart
Passenger volume
                  95.6     94.6    97.5     94.6     95.9     90.7    97.2
(cu. ft.)
Cargo volume     14.8     12.5    13.0     15.0     15.1     13.2    13.1
(cu. ft.)
Total interior
volume            110.4    107.1   110.5    109.6    111.0    103.9   110.3

(cu. ft.)
EPA size
                  Mid-size Compact Mid-size Mid-size Mid-size Compact Mid-size

^Note: ULEV standard engines shown for all models

The Elantra is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil
springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a light weight coupled
torsion beam rear suspension for enhanced steering stability and monotube
shock absorbers for ride comfort. A standard 22.0 mm diameter front stabilizer
bar helps reduce body roll when cornering. Elantra Sport includes a 23mm front
stabilizer bar along with stiffer dampers and rear springs to deliver better
front roll control / stiffness and more fluid suspension action.

All Elantras have motor-driven electric power steering that adjusts instantly
to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a
conventional steering system. A quick-ratio steering rack is used for crisp
feel on turn-in. Elantra's turning diameter of 34.8 feet is better than
Corolla's at 35.6 feet. Elantra Sport features a reworked Motor Driven Power
Steering (MDPS) setup that reduces friction and provides a quicker ratio for
more responsive cornering.

                       Elantra SE and Limited Elantra Sport
Steering Rack (32 bit) Base                   Modified for quicker response
Stabilizer Bar (front) 22 mm                  23 mm
Front Spring (kgf/mm)  2.4                    2.4
Rear Spring (kgf/mm)   2.3                    2.4
Dampers                Base                   Stiffened

Behind the wheel of the entry level Elantra SE and top-of-the-line Elantra
Limited, drivers benefit from Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode, with
three operating modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport. This innovative system
allows drivers to adapt the Elantra's steering characteristics to varying
driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort mode is ideal for city and
parking environments, offering the greatest ease of steering with a decrease
in steering effort. Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions.
Meanwhile, Sport Mode is optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads
and decreases power steering assistance. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode
not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts
on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering
range, for a very natural and progressive feel.

Elantra delivers competitive weight efficiency and power-to-weight ratio:

Vehicle         Curb Weight (lbs.) M/T Horsepower Power-to-weight ratio
Hyundai Elantra 2,773                  145        19.1
Honda Civic     2,754                  143        19.3
Toyota Corolla  2,800                  132        21.2
Nissan Sentra   2,822                  130        21.7
Ford Focus      2,907                  160        18.2
Mazda3          2,781                  155        17.9
Chevrolet Cruze 3,093                  138        22.7
Dodge Dart      3,186                  160        19.9

Elantra's widespread use of high-strength steel provides increased body
stiffness at a lower body weight. High-strength steel allows the suspension to
work optimally. At 2,818 pounds, the automatic transmission Elantra SE is
lighter than all but one of its competitors, while offering more interior room
than Focus, Cruze, Civic and Dart. This weight efficient unibody architecture
allows for Elantra to achieve an estimated 38 mpg EPA highway rating, without
the need for a special eco model.

Inside the Elantra, customers will find Hyundai's expertise in interior
packaging, lighting, leading-edge design and craftsmanship. This approach is
visible in the clarity of the instruments and the tilt and telescopic steering
wheel. The seats are made of lightweight, environmentally friendly foam.
Heated seats are available in the front and the rear. Not only does Elantra
have multiple storage areas, but it delivers usable storage capacity.

The 2015 Elantra SE has a two-tone interior with a choice of either gray or
beige. The optional Style package adds a monotone black interior. Elantra
Limited has standard leather seating surfaces available in gray, beige or
black. All Elantras have cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and
volcanic rock for a premium look and feel.

Refinements introduced in the 2014 model year were designed to give the entire
Hyundai Elantra a more premium feel, with all-new third-generation navigation
and audio technology, available aluminum accents and new HVAC controls. Subtle
changes to the placement of HVAC vents, controls and the height of the front
center armrest deliver a higher-quality, simplified look. Providing a more
upscale environment is accomplished with a slightly darker, more neutral beige
interior color choice, aluminum pedals on the Sport and aluminum door sill
plates on the SE Style Package, Sport and Limited.

Elantra is available with three audio systems. Standard is an AM/FM/SiriusXM
Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod^®/USB/auxiliary
input jacks. The system also features monochrome inverse TFT LCD display to
enhance visibility. An optional audio system adds an upgraded screen with a
4.3-inch color TFT LCD touch screen and rearview camera display. All systems
feature enhanced voice recognition and a jukebox feature allowing the user to
copy songs from a USB to the dedicated storage in the head unit. Standard
iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks allow portable devices such as MP3 players to
be connected via USB or 3.5mm mini-jack. Music files in iPod®/USB can be
navigated and played though the factory head unit, with visual display of
artist and title while also charging the device. Bluetooth audio wirelessly
streams music from select mobile phones to the head unit.

The Elantra Sport and Elantra Limited offer an optional multifunction
seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation, rear-view camera and an
external 360-watt amplifier. This third-generation display features a simpler
user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation
screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up
messages now appear to help pair a cell phone and the voice recognition
software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The
route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One
or two button pushes complete most functions. The system also allows for
viewing and storing of jpeg images and MP3 music files from a USB stick. The
SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit
and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services, such as
NavWeather^®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker.

Pandora internet radio is integrated into the optional multifunction
seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. The display screen has a
Pandora icon for internet radio from an iPhone. Pandora can also be viewed on
the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or
thumbs down. (By selecting the thumbs down icon, that particular song will
never be played again.) Pandora can be connected to the head unit via a USB
cable and integrates album cover art.

  oPandora, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love
    anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations available on a wide
    variety of connected devices
  oPersonalized radio stations launch instantly from a single song, artist or
    composer "seed" and are refined to each listener's taste through simple
    thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback
  oPandora has more than 200 million registered users and more than 70
    million monthly active listeners who stream more than a billion hours
    every month
  oMore than 80% of Pandora's total listening hours occur via mobile and
    other connected devices
  oApproximately one out of every two U.S. smartphone users has listened to
    Pandora in the past month

Elantra owners can also get premium features, such as a proximity key with
push button start and immobilizer, power sunroof, one touch up/down driver's
window and leather seating surfaces. This modern, sophisticated interior is
also whisper quiet.

Since the launch of the current generation in 2010 as a 2011 model, Elantra
has undergone significant changes to reduce cabin noise for both driver and

Features to help block engine noise:

  oNew HVAC duct absorption material
  oIncreased anti-vibration upper cowl pad thickness and coverage area
  oNew hood insulator added to Elantra Sport and Limited
  oRaised cowl top

Features to help block road noise:

  oNew higher density carpet
  oIncreased anti-vibration floor pad thickness
  oAdditional expandable foam in the A pillars
  oNew 16-inch and 17-inch wheels for improved NVH
  oApplied full underbody cover

Features to help block combustion noise:

  oNew perforated anti-vibration material in dash panel

Named a "2014 Top Safety Pick" by the IIHS and the holder of a NHTSA five-star
overall crash safety rating, safety is at the core of Elantra's design. In the
2014 model year additional safety features like Hill-Start Assist Control
(HAC), driver's blind spot mirror and Blue Link were added. HAC minimizes
rolling backwards on steep ascents while the blind spot mirror provides a view
of the driver's blind spot.

2015 Standard Safety Features

  oSix airbags
  oVehicle Stability Management
  oElectronic Stability Control (ESC) /Traction Control (TC)
  oABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  oHill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  oSeatbelt pretensioners
  oTire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  oDaytime Running Lights (DRL)
  oDriver's blind spot mirror

Hyundai's telematics services program, Connected Care, is available on 2015
Elantra Limited or 2015 Elantra Sport equipped with the Tech package. This
innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and
car care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. Blue Link®
combines safety, service and infotainment features to simplify owners' lives,
reduce stress and distracted driving.

Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technologies
like Remote Vehicle Start, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, and Remote Access from the
Blue Link mobile application, including POI Search and Send-to-car. Blue Link
can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, the web and
via the smartphone app.

Hyundai also provides a mobile application for the Blue Link telematics
platform. This mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various
optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices.
Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app from Google Play or
Apple iTunes, respectively. A BlackBerry version is also available.

Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless
connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered
in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

Blue Link is offered in three service packages: Connected Care, Remote and

Connected Care package (complimentary for 1-year):

  oAutomatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  oSOS Emergency Assistance
  oEnhanced Roadside Assistance
  oMonthly Vehicle Report
  oMaintenance Alert
  oAutomated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification (DTC)
  oRecall Advisor
  oService Link

Remote package:

  oRemote Vehicle Start
  oRemote Door Lock/Unlock
  oRemote Horn and Lights
  oCar Finder via Mobile App
  oStolen Vehicle Recovery/Slowdown/Immobilization
  oValet Alert
  oSpeed/Curfew Alert
  oPanic Notification
  oAlarm Notification

Guidance package:

  oTurn-by-Turn Navigation Service
  oPOI Search by advanced voice recognition system
  oPOI Web Search and Download
  oDaily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  oGas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  oRestaurant Ratings

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a
subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed
throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and
serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles
sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes
the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty,
Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of
complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides
owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with
proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with
enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced
Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report
and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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