The company feels India is critical as the country is racing towards becoming the third-biggest car market globally. Kia had sold over three million vehicles last year and has been eyeing the Indian market for a while now. According to the interview given to TOI, An official said KIA has already started to work on acquiring land for its factory. It has already completed numerous reports on the Indian market, including a detailed feasibility study.
As for other safety equipment, the Elantra has six airbags – dual front, front side and full-length curtain coverage – and electronic stability control. But unlike the Mazda 3, there’s no additional active safety equipment available (the Mazda 3 has a safety pack for $1500 that adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and autonomous city braking).
Hyundai Elantra has been known for its stylish appeal. The new model being based on the Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy gets a sharp and aggressive exterior design. The front fascia is adorned with a hexagonal front grille and projector headlamps with integrated DRLs. The two piece taillight along with the sloping roofline adds up to its overall style quotient. In terms of dynamics, the new model will be about 20mm longer and 25mm wider than its older trim.
The company has not revealed its expected price in the country yet, we anticipate that the vehicle may be priced between Rs 15 – Rs 19 lakh (Ex-showroom). Post launch, the new Elantra will compete against the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Cruze and the Skoda Octavia.