Hyundai will soon be introducing a diesel engine in the Elantra. It will be the same 1.5L diesel unit seen on the newly launched 2020 Creta.
Hyundai had launched the current version of the Elantra (facelift) last year in October with a single petrol engine. We had earlier reported that the executive sedan will soon get a new diesel power plant from the 2020 Creta, which gets a Kia-sourced 1.5L diesel engine. If rumours are to be believed, the BS6 compliant diesel Elantra is expected to hit the showroom floors by mid-2020.
Hyundai will soon get a diesel engine option from the recently launched Creta
The 1.5L turbocharged diesel seen on the new Creta produces a peak power output of 115 PS at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 250 Nm at 1,500-2,750 rpm. The transmission options offered with this diesel engine are a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AT. On the Elantra, the power figures are expected to be identical to that on the Creta. It will also be offered with similar transmission as the C-SUV. That said, the pre-facelift Elantra was sold with a 1.6L turbocharged diesel engine, which belted out a rated output of 128 HP and 260 Nm. The car was considered as an underpowered executive sedan, thus it will be interesting to see how Elantra would fare in the market with a smaller engine.
The Elantra with the diesel engine would be sold in just 3 variants – S, SX, and SX(O), which is also the case with its petrol counterpart. However, the S variant will only be offered with a manual transmission, while the SX(O) will come mated to an AT only. The SX variant, on the other hand, will offer the option to choose between either of the two transmissions. The equipment level on these variants is expected to be same as the petrol variants of the car.
The diesel Elantra is expected to be priced between Rs. 16-21 lakh
The pre-facelift Elantra with a BS-4 diesel engine was priced at Rs. 15.13 lakh for the base variant and Rs. 20.05 lakh for the top-end variant. With the updated engine, the Elantra facelift is expected to have a starting price of around Rs. 16.00 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 21.00 lakh. However, once launched, the Elantra diesel will compete with the Honda Civic only, as most manufacturers are shying away from selling BS6 compliant diesel car, the Civic and Elantra will be the only diesel cars in their segment. Other, petrol-powered competitors include Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis.