When it comes to the Hyundai lineup, two vehicles have been around much longer than any others – the Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Elantra. The latter was introduced in 1990 with the former preceding it by five years. Both models have undergone several generational redesigns and variants through the years, but only one has ever offered a hybrid powertrain. Now that Hyundai is leaning more and more toward electrification, that’s all changing. Introducing the 2021 Hyundai Elantra, available here in Melbourne FL.
The Sonata Hybrid was introduced in 2008, but the 2021 model year will mark the first time the Hyundai Elantra will be offered with a hybrid powertrain. The Elantra Hybrid joins the traditional Elantra sedan and the hatchback Elantra GT to create a family of three.
For its inaugural year on the lineup, the 2021 Elantra Hybrid will feature a powertrain that combines a 1.6L GDI Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with a permanent-magnet electric motor and lithium-ion-polymer battery pack. These three units work in conjunction to power the Elantra Hybrid, generating a net 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This is thanks in part to the battery’s 1.32 kWh capacity powering the electric motor at 32 kW. Those numbers are plentiful for a compact hybrid sedan.
Also exclusive to the Elantra Hybrid is a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The transmission enables rapid shifting which leads to a more engaging and dynamic driving experience than most other hybrid sedans of its size. Additionally, the model permits drivers to active an electric-only mode for short trips.
At the time this page is being created, the EPA has yet to announce official fuel economy ratings. Hyundai has released a house estimation of 50 mpg combined across city and highway driving, but we’ll be sure to update you if that changes with the official rating. Just keep tuned into our blog! If you think you’d be interested in a 2021 Hyundai Elantra of your own, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right here at Coastal Hyundai today!