Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, will bring in the all-new gasoline-fed Elantra to replace the lone diesel-powered variant sold in the country since 2007.
This was revealed by Hyundai president and chief executive officer Fe Perez-Agudo in an industry forum hosted by Sunshine TV last week.
Though Perez-Agudo declined to give more details about the new Elantra, Hyundai's global media site reveals it is being marketed as the Avante in other markets. It had its debut at the 2010 Busan International Motor Show in South Korea in April and is set to go on sale later this year.
The front-wheel drive Elantra displayed in Korea has the latest 1.6-liter Gamma Gasoline Direct Injection engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Despite its peak power output of 138hp and 166Nm of torque, the Avante is "10 percent more fuel-efficient than its closest competitors," thanks to the engine and transmission pairing as well as through its "other fuel economy enhancements."
Other features of the Elantra that may or may not make it to the variant which will be sold here are HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, heated rear seats, puddle lamps and a color TFT LCD information display nestled in-between the gauge cluster.
Hyundai Global Business Division president Steve S. Yang said the new Elantra "encompasses Hyundai's latest ambitions, featuring the best styling and performance in its class."
"We're confident it will once again redefine the compact segment worldwide," Yang added.
Hyundai Asia Resources has yet to determine the price range for the Elantra. Do you sense a new Price This Car feature coming?