The soon to be launched 6th generation Hyundai Elantra has scored the highest safety rating - Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the US.
Hyundai is expected to launch the 2017 Elantra in September 2016 in India. The sedan was launched in the US early 2016 with standard engine option, however, the sports variant will be launched by this year-end.
In the five categories of the crash test, the Elantra scored good rating in all of them. The categories include moderate overlap front, side, and small overlap front as well as roof strength and head restraints.
The new Hyundai Elantra comes with the optional front crash prevention system, which was responsible for scoring good rating for the collision in 19kmph track test and has reduced the impact by an average of 35kmph in the 40kmph test. This system helped achieve the Top Safety Pick+ rating for the new Elantra.
While the older generation Hyundai Elantra witnessed maximum intrusion into the occupant space of 9-inches, the 2017 Elantra witnessed just 2-inches.
Hyundai is expected to power the new Elantra with the choice of 2.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines in the India. The 2.0-litre will be a petrol mill which produces 146bhp and 183Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre diesel engine will develop 134bhp and 306Nm of torque. Gearbox will be offered as 6-speed manual or automatic.