Auto123 takes a first test drive of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra.
In case you might have lost track of time – entirely forgivable given the last weeks and months of semi-confinement - Hyundai’s Elantra has been on our roads for almost 30 years. The first model carrying the name arrived in 1992, to little or no fanfare at all to be honest. Few took notice.
The model has come a long way since then. Last year, the Elantra ranked third in sales in its category in Canada, behind perennial leader the Honda Civic and not far back of the Toyota Corolla. Hyundai’s aim now is higher up the podium as it introduces the next-gen Elantra, scheduled to debut in 2021.
The Sonata as muse
And what we’re getting is an entirely new model in every respect. Built on a new platform, this 7th-generation Elantra has a longer wheelbase, wider tracks and a bold exterior styling in the tradition of a four-door coupe. It clearly borrows some of its inspiration from the Sonata, which changed its skin last year.