Charting the Changes – 2018 Hyundai Elantra Receives Upgrades

Discussion in 'Hyundai' started by xcel, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is standard on more than 80% of the 2018 Elantra lineup!

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 17, 2017


    2018 Hyundai Elantra – Pricing TBA while offering owners 29/38 in SE and SEL trim, 28/37 in Limited trim, 26/36 with the MT, 32/40 in the Eco trim <-- Highly recommended, and 26/33 w/ the AT and 22/30 with the MT Sport trim <-- Not Recommended.

    The Elantra was first introduced more than a quarter of a century ago and has now achieved global sales of more than 11 million vehicles over that period.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

    The Elantra continues with Fluidic sculpture 2.0 using the brands signature hexagonal grille with wraparound lenses with LED DRLs and optional HIDs with Dynamic Bending Lights.

    From the profile, the raised character line continues to provide the shadow and highlight of the last gen but in a slightly less lively direction. Available 17” alloys, all-new LED door handle puddle lamps, and side mirror LED turn signal indicators provide a unique upscale look during the night time hours.

    Underbody covers, an aerodynamic rear bumper bottom spoiler and rear decklid with lip spoiler helps bring the Cd down to 0.27.

    Elantra sits on a 106.3 inch wheelbase.


    2018 Hyundai Elantra Interior

    An available 4.2-inch color TFT LCD driver instrument display highlights the cockpit. The center stack has a seven degree angle toward the driver for improved readability.

    An available power memory driver seat and side mirrors are high end as is dual automatic climate controls with auto defogging system and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The front seats add a multi-firmness seat pad to help reduce driver fatigue over long distances although I never had that problem while driving the Elantra for thousands of miles.

    Heated front and rear seats are available and the 60/40 split-folding rear seat appears to be standard on all trims.

    Interior cabin noise was reduced with the following structural enhancements:
    • Hood insulator on all but the base SE Elantra
    • Reduced the front dash panel size by 25 percent
    • Increased the thickness of the front door window glass
    • Added various sound absorption materials in all pillars, inner fenders and floorpan
    To reduce NVH further, the Elantra includes plastic and rubber bushings on the front sub-frame and larger bushings on the lower control arms.


    2018 Hyundai Elantra Chassis

    The 2018 Elantra consists of 53 percent advanced high-strength steel compared to 21 percent from the previous 5th gen. This provides a 29.5 percent increase in torsional rigidity and 25 percent greater bending strength. The Elantra also uses more structural adhesive to reinforce welding areas that reduces NVH.

    A redesigned rear suspension modifies the angle of the rear shock absorbers and coil positions on the torsion beam rear end.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Drivetrain

    The standard engine on the base SE, SEL, and Limited trim is an Atkinsonized – through the use of intermediate valve cam phasing - 147 hp and 132 lb. ft. of torque 2.0L I4 with multi-port injection. High energy ignition coils are also adopted to increase combustion efficiency through increasing spark intensity. An electronically controlled thermostat decreases pumping energy and allows the thermostat to open at a higher temperature. Piston cooling jets spray oil at the lower position of the piston resulting in lower temperatures and increased efficiency. Altogether, the more powerful 2.0L now provides a 29/38 mpgUS city/highway rating with the 6-spd. AT.

    The 128 hp and 156 lb-ft. of torque 1.4L GDI-T is still available on the Eco trim. It is mated to an EcoShift 7-speed DCT. The 1.4L GDI-T uses an integrated cylinder head and exhaust manifold and a straight intake port for more tumble flow. The turbocharger is a single scroll design with an electric wastegate actuator. The optimized turbine and compressor with electric wastegate improves low-end torque and part-load fuel economy by reducing back pressure.

    All Elantra trims are equipped with Drive Mode Select feature that adjusts both powertrain performance and steering effort, allowing the driver to customize the driving character by selecting from three modes: Eco, Normal or Sport, simply by touching a button on the center console.

    2.0L I4​

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Safety

    The 2018 Elantra makes structural improvements to the front side members that are now a hexagonal design and the dash-to-cowl connection has also been reinforced. The front apron to the A-pillar now features a straight and continuous load path and has hot stamping applied on the front side rear lower member. The B-pillar assemblies feature partial softening hot stamping that start with a reinforcement section (150kgf grade) and then transition into a softening section (100kgf grade) to help absorb side impact. The rear doors also feature dual impact beams.

    Front, side, side curtains and driver’s knee airbags are standard as is Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

    New for 2018 is that an SEL trim replaces SE with Popular Equipment Package and includes the following features and amenities:
    • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
    • Seven-inch Display Audio system AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM with six speakers
    • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
    • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • 16-inch alloys w/ 205/55 R16 tires
    • Four-wheel disc brakes
    • Heated outside mirrors
    • Auto headlamp control
    • 3.5-inch TFT mono cluster display
    • Rear cup holders (mounted rear of center console)
    The Limited trim now includes Gloss black interior accents plus an Auto-dimming rearview mirror with Blue Link and HomeLink standard.

    The Sport trim carries on with the 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. of torque 1.6L Turbo mated to either a 6-speed MT or 7-speed DCT. For 2018, it adds a Power Sunroof and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist standard.

    Other features include available heated front & rear seats, Integrated Memory System (IMS) for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and instrument panel illumination.

    Available Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
    Available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
    Available Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control
    Seven standard airbags including driver’s knee airbag

    All of which help the Elantra earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Cool Stuff

    Elantra continues to include the hands-free Smart Trunk. Approach the rear of the vehicle with the key in your pocket and the trunk will automatically open if you stand in place for about 3 seconds. This is a great feature for a value oriented compact!

    A new machine gray exterior color is available.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Infotainment

    All Elantra’s arrive with std. iPhone/USB, aux jacks and SiriusXM SAT radio, 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen with rearview camera. The Limited receives the 8.0-inch split screen NAVI and HD Radio with the upscale pkg. Both multimedia systems are equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

    Hyundai Blue Link

    Hyundai provides three years of standard Blue Link for 2018 Elantra’s so equipped.

    The standard Blue Link features include:
    • Connected Care Package
    • Automatic Collision Notification
    • SOS Emergency Assistance
    • Monthly Vehicle Health Report
    • Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
    • Service Link
    • Maintenance Reminder
    • Driving Information
    • On-Demand Diagnostics
    • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
    • Remote Package –*Most features can be activated via Amazon Alexa skill, smartphone app or smartwatch
    • Remote Door Lock / Unlock
    • Remote Horn and Lights
    • Remote Start with Climate Control (Requires push button start)
    • Car Finder
    • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
    • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
    • Stolen Vehicle Immobilization
    • Alarm Notification
    • Curfew Alert
    • Geo-Fence
    • Speed Alert
    • Valet Alert
    • Guidance Package – *Requires Onboard Navigation
    • Multimedia and Navigation Updates (Provides complimentary map updates)
    • Destination Search Powered by Google
    • Destination Send-to-Car by Google
    The 2018 Elantra continues to be assembled in Montgomery, Alabama and South Korea.
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Hyundai released the 2018 MY Elantra Pricing detail. Most saw a small price decrease and a quick cursory look at the std. equipment appears to match up other than the additions announced for the 2018 MY in the OP.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Pricing (+ or - xxx $USD vs. the 2017 MY)

    2018 Hyundai Elantra M/T 2.0L 4-cylinder 6-speed MT $16,950 (-$200)
    2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0L 4-cylinder 6-speed AT $17,950 (-$200)
    2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL 2.0L 4-cylinder 6-speed AT $18,850 (-$100) <-- 2017 Elantra SE w/ the Popular Equipment Pkg.
    2018 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 2.0L 4-cylinder 6-speed AT $19,850 (-$400)
    2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder 7-speed DCT $20,550 (-$100)
    2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0L 4-cylinder 6-speed AT $22,100 (-$250)
    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.6L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder 6-speed MT $21,800 (+$150)
    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.6L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder 7-speed DCT $22,900 (+$150)

    D&H = $885 (+$50)
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I am still comparing the MY sheets.

    2018 SEL - Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, and rear discs over the 2017 SE w/ Popular Equipment pkg. incl. none of these. <-- Great addition over the 2017 imho.

    The 2018 Elantra's from the 2018 Value Addition on up "may" have lost the sliding front armrest. It is not listed but still could be std. equip.

  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I missed this promo vid by Hyundai detailing the build process for the North American manufactured vehicles in Montgomery, AL. Enjoy.

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  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    HI All:

    While I was pulling my hair to cover all the differences last week, Hyundai posted the differences this morning in this handy chart.

    2017 to 2018 Hyundai Elantra Changes


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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hyundai's Elantra Rated A Best New Car for Teens

    [​IMG] A personal fave for its comfort, standard features, and low TCO as a daily driver is recognized for other items as well.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug. 23, 2017

    Yesterday U.S. News & World Report’s “Best New Cars for Teens” added the 2017 Hyundai Elantra to the list. The Elantra stood out for its advanced safety and driver assistance features.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra


    U.S. News & World Report ranks vehicles based on reliability ratings, crash test scores, available advanced driver assistance features, and tops the U.S. News Best Cars rankings on price point. The vehicle(s) named as one of the Best New Cars for Teens including the Elantra has the best combination of all of those features.

    The 2018 Hyundai Elantra can be purchased in six different trims while offering safety technologies including Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control, and seven standard airbags including driver’s knee airbag.

    Three years of updated standard Blue Link services including Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Monthly Vehicle Health Reports, and Maintenance Alerts. The Blue Link Vehicle Safeguards Alerts App allows parents to monitor and set limits on their Hyundai’s speed, hours of operation, and movements via text message, email, or both. This enhanced app helps parents reinforce safe driving habits for their children.
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  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    2018 Elantra Earns Highest Safety Rating by IIHS

    Hyundai is one of the leading brands for Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick awards in 2018, with a total of eight models being recognized. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has earned the highest safety rating by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) with a Top Safety Pick+ rating when equipped with optional Automatic Emergency Braking and High Beam Assist on vehicles built after December 2017.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra IIHS TOp Safety Pick+


    The Hyundai Sonata, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport (built after June 2017) also have Top Safety Pick+ ratings. Today’s announcement marks a total of four Hyundai vehicles attaining the significant safety achievement. Additionally, five Hyundai models were previously recognized for 2018 Top Safety Pick, including the Hyundai’s Ioniq Hybrid, Elantra, Elantra GT, Sonata and Tucson when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.
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