Thursday, 14 February 2008

New Hyundai Elantra X20 for RM93,888

Kah Bintang, one of the two Hyundai passenger cars distributors in Malaysia, is offering the new 2008 Hyundai Elantra X20 CVVT for RM93,888 (on-the-road with insurance). Seeing a couple of these new Hyundais on the road over Chinese New Year recently, it makes me wonder what the ‘X’ prefix was all about. The slanty badge looked pretty much after-market, even more so an after-thought! On the flipside, the rear end design and execution appeared to me as being refined, sleek and modern. In fact, it was somewhat akin to the few Singapore registered Nissan Bluebird Slyphy spotted, I reckoned.

The 2008 Elantra is only available in 4-speed A/T guise, driven by a 2.0L DOHC CVVT motor, capable of 143ps at 6,000rpm and 186Nm of torque at 4,600rpm. For safety, it comes fitted with dual SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with EBD and front seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiter. It is also claimed to have scored a 5-star crash test rating for the US NHTSA front impact test. Steering is now an electric-powered item, which is said to improve fuel economy (a claimed 746km every tankful of petrol!) and is tilt as well telescopically adjustable. Conventional McPherson struts spring up the front, while the rear axle features multi link suspension. Disc brakes are standard issue all around, peering out of 16” alloys. Electronic climate control is also standard along with leather-upholstered seats, for a higher level of in-cabin comfort and convenience.

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