Mini Sonata: Hyundai Releases More Specs of 2021 Elantra Compact Sedan
While no pricing information is available yet, we finally know some of the specs of Hyundai's new compact sedan.
The All-New 2021 Hyundai Elantra's Sporty Interior (Hyundai Motors America Photo).
Back in March 2020, Hyundai unveiled the all-new 2021 Elantra compact sedan. Dubbed the "CN7", the latest (and seventh) generation of Elantra takes its exterior and interior styling cues from its larger sibling, the Sonata midsize sedan. Not only is the 2021 Hyundai Elantra all new inside and out, but it also introduces a new gasoline/electric Hybrid variant, and back in August 2020, Hyundai unveiled the 2021 Elantra N, which will be the most powerful variant of the Elantra available. Now, Hyundai has released a "Configurator" for the all-new Elantra (we use quotes because the "Configurator" doesn't yet contain any pricing information). However, we do know that Hyundai will offer the all-new 2021 Elantra in several variants, as well as the feature content of each trim level. Read on to find out more about each all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra trim level, as well as feature content. NOTE: Any any all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
The All-New 2021 Hyundai Elantra SE (Hyundai Motors America Photo).
Starting out the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra lineup is the base SE trim level. Powering the Elantra SE is an all-new 2.0L naturally-aspirated gasoline Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine that's now part of Hyundai's Smartstream family of powertrains, and produces 147 horsepower and 141 lb. ft. of torque, which is the same amount of horsepower as, but 4 more lb. ft. of torque than, the old "Nu" unit it replaces. That engine is mated to an Intelligent Variable Automatic Transmission, or IVT, which is the same unit from the previous-generation Elantra. Hyundai estimates that this combination will achieve fuel economy (MPG) ratings of 37/33/43 (Combined/City/Highway, respectively). All Elantras will receive wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which the SE displays on an eight-inch touchscreen. Forward Collision Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert both come standard on all Elantras, as does Blind-Spot Collision Assist. The SE trim also trades its previous fifteen-inch (15") black-painted steel wheels with full plastic wheel covers for more upscale aluminum-alloy units, which are also larger than their predecessors.
The All-New 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL (Hyundai Motors America Photo).
Next up in the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra trim hierarchy is the mid-level SEL trim, which is one of the most popular Elantra models. Adding to the base SE trim, the SEL will add features such as Hyundai's next-generation BlueLink in-vehicle telematics system and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (both features will include paid trial subscriptions), darkened aluminum-alloy wheels, a keyless access system with push-button start, a hands-free "Smart Trunk" that opens when the keyless entry remote is detected near the trunk for a short period of time, and Safe Exit Warning, which alerts the driver and his or her passengers to oncoming traffic (using the Blind-Spot Collision Assist feature) prior to them opening the doors. Also, while other all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra trims offer no additional options or packages (at least according to the initial "Configurator"), the SEL trim offers both Convenience and Premium Packages, though it is unknown as to the added feature content of each package.
The All-New 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL Hybrid (Hyundai Motors America Photo).
The next trim level in the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra lineup is an all-new one: the SEL Hybrid. Identical in appearance to its gasoline-only SEL sibling, the SEL Hybrid trades a gasoline-only engine for a 1.6L naturally-aspirated Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine with an electric motor, providing a potent 139 horsepower (torque ratings have not yet been finalized) combined, and its Intelligent Variable Automatic Transmission (IVT) for a six-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic (DCT) transmission. Fuel economy ratings for the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid have not yet been released. In addition to the SEL trim's standard equipment, the SEL Hybrid also adds dual heated front seats, an electronic parking brake, and LED rear tail lamps.
The All-New 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited (Hyundai Motors America Photo).
Buyers looking for luxury amenities in their all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra will want to opt for the luxurious Limited trim, which adds features to the already well-equipped SEL such as a 10.25-inch (10.25") touchscreen infotainment system, Dynamic Voice Recognition, GPS navigation, Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance Assist, and perforated luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces.
The All-New 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hybrid (Hyundai Motors America Photo).
Those who want both the luxury amenities of the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited, as well as the fuel economy of the SEL Hybrid won't have to compromise if they select the Limited Hybrid trim. Adding the Limited's luxury amenities, such as perforated luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, a 10.25-inch (10.25") touchscreen infotainment system, Dynamic Voice Recognition, GPS navigation, and Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance Assist, the Limited Hybrid also nets even more luxury amenities, such as dual heated and ventilated front seats, an integrated driver's memory system, and a multi-link independent rear suspension system for an improved ride. The Limited trim also rides on larger (and sportier-looking) "Diamond-Finish" aluminum-alloy wheels and tires.
The All-New 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line (Hyundai Motors America Photo).
Buyers who seek the ultimate in performance and sporty styling will find that the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line trim will suit them well. Adding to the SEL trim's standard features, the N Line trim gets more aggressively-bolstered front bucket seats as well as combination cloth and luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, eighteen-inch (18") tires and aluminum-alloy wheels, the Hyundai Digital Key system, LED front daytime running lamps (DRL's), and, last but certainly not least, the same 1.6L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine producing an identical 201 horsepower and 195 lb. ft. of torque, but now part of Hyundai's Smartstream family of powertrains. The N-Line also gets a standard six-speed manual transmission (which is the only Elantra model to receive a manual transmission), and buyers can opt for a seven-speed Dual Clutch Automatic (DCT) transmission. We have an article right here on DriveTribe about the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra N-Line, so feel free to read that article if you want more details.
Hyundai will build the all-new 2021 Elantra Sedan at one of two of its assembly plants in Ulsan, South Korea, or Montgomery, Alabama in the United States (U.S.A.). Exterior paint color options for the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra (you can view all of them in the gallery up above) include Fiery Red Clear Coat (Gloss Bright Red), Lava Orange Clear Coat (Gloss Bright Orange, not available on SE, SEL, or SEL Hybrid trims), Fluid Metal Metallic (Metallic Silver), Electric Shadow Metallic (Metallic Dark Gray), Intense Blue Metallic (Metallic Blue), Phantom Black Metallic (Metallic Black), and Polar White Clear Coat (Gloss White). Both Black (Black) or Gray (Light Gray) interior color options are available on the all-new Elantra, although the N-Line trim is only available with a Black (Black) interior. The SE, SEL, and SEL Hybrid trims will include a premium cloth interior, Limited and Limited Hybrid models will have a perforated luxury leather-trimmed interior, and the N-Line trim level will have a unique combination cloth and luxury leather-trimmed interior. Hyundai will be releasing pricing information for the all-new 2021 Elantra very soon, and the all-new Elantra should be arriving at Hyundai dealerships nationwide soon thereafter. For comparison purposes, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra began at $19,300 for a base-model SE trim with the 2.0L naturally-aspirated Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine and an Intelligent Variable Automatic (IVT) Transmission, and a fully-loaded 2020 Hyundai Elantra Sport with the 1.6L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine and a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic (DCT) transmission sells for $26,200. Pricing for the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra lineup should remain similar to the 2020 model's pricing. What do you think of the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra, and which trim level would you choose? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here for more information as it becomes available!