2013 Los Angeles: Hyundai reveals an updated 2014 Elantra sedan and Elantra Coupe

Hyundai revealed a newly updated and facelifted Elantra sedan and coupe for the 2014 model year at the Los Angeles Convention Center not too long ago.

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Aside from the obvious visual upgrades, the refreshed 2014 Hyundai Elantra sedan and coupe receive some technical tweaks to improve driving performance. Firstly, a new 2.0L direct-injected four-banger has been enlisted as the standard engine of choice, good for 173hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. This is for both the sedan and the coupe. Unfortunately, anyone looking to row your own cogs will be disappointed as both body styles will only be offered with an automatic.

A slightly less powerful 1.8L four-banger good for 145hp and 130 lb-ft of torque is still available, for those who like the sip their fuel.

Check out the press release after the jump.

2013 LA Auto Show egmCarTech

 

2014 HYUNDAI ELANTRA COUPE UPS FUN FACTOR

New Standard Torque-Rich 2.0-liter Gasoline Direct Injection

New Sport-tuned Steering and Suspension Sharpen Handling

LOS ANGELES , Nov. 20, 2013 – The 2014 Elantra Coupe adds more fun-to-drive elements to a model known for its design, value and premium features. The updated Elantra Coupe now features a standard 2.0-liter Nu Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, which adds 25 more horsepower (+17 percent) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18 percent) from the prior model year’s 1.8-liter engine. In the Elantra Coupe, this power plant produces 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm, enhancing the behind the wheel experience for consumers. The refreshed 2014 Elantra Coupe and the rest of the Elantra line up was introduced today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

To up the fun factor even further, the 2014 Elantra Coupe receives sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations to sharpen turn-in and handling on twisty roads. Other new standard refinements to the Elantra Coupe include the addition of a rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a unique blackout grille with chrome surround. These features were optional last year.

The 2014 Elantra Coupe is now offered in only one, very well equipped trim level, making it easier for customers to find the Elantra Coupe of their choice. The only choices a shopper has to make is color and if they want the Technology Package or not. The GS and SE trims have been consolidated into one model for the 2014 model year.

New technologies available on the 2014 Elantra Coupe include the application of Hyundai’s next-generation navigation and audio technology. The new system features simpler user interfaces, enhanced voice recognition commands, improved navigation screens and a seven-inch color touchscreen with rearview camera. Also, optional for 2014 is Pandora internet radio, LED taillights, projector headlights with LED accents and Hyundai’s Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care safety, service and infotainment telematics system. Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care services include Automatic Collision Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling among other features. The 2014 Elantra Coupe with all its upgrades will be available at Hyundai dealerships in winter of 2013.

2014 ELANTRA COUPE UPDATES AT A GLANCE:

New standard equipment for 2014:

  • 2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engineSport-tuned steering and suspension
    • Replaces the 1.8-liter Nu Multi Port Injection (MPI) engine in the previous model
  • Driver’s blind spot side mirror
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires
  • Unique grille – black with chrome surround
  • Rear spoiler
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Power windows with driver’s one touch up and down
  • Side view mirror repeaters
  • GS and SE trims have been consolidated into one model for the 2014 model year

NEW TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE EQUIPMENT FOR 2014:

  • Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care
  • Projector headlights with LED accents
  • LED taillights
  • Next-generation navigation and audio technology with Pandora internet radio

Interior Enhancements FOR 2014:

  • New center stack HVAC vents (relocated)
  • New dual dial HVAC controls refresh – separate fan and temp. controls
  • New straight pull transmission selector with leather boot
  • New cooled glovebox
  • New reverse LCD display

NVH Enhancements

  • New HVAC duct absorption material
  • New higher density carpet
  • Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness
  • Increased anti-vibration cowl pad thickness
  • Additional expandable foam in the A pillars
  • New anti-vibration material in dash pad
  • Hood insulator added
  • Raised cowl top
  • Full underbody cover

TORQUE-RICH 2.0-LITER NU GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE
In a segment where GDI technology is not normally found, Hyundai is anticipating the addition of a 2.0-liter GDI engine will be very popular with Coupe shoppers looking for performance and affordability. The all-new 2.0-liter GDI engine called ‘Nu’ produces 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. The performance gains were achieved by increasing the displacement of the engine from 1.8 liters to 2.0 liters and equipping it with a GDI fuel delivery system instead of a MPI fuel delivery system. Increasing the stroke from 87.2 mm to 97 mm gets the 1.8-liter Nu engine up to 2.0 liters. This engine in the Elantra Coupe delivers more torque and enhanced response when compared with a similar MPI engine. In fact, the 2.0-liter Nu has been tuned to provide more torque at 1,500 rpm than the outgoing 1.8-liter Nu. The engine also delivers more torque – from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm – for impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline. Equipping the Elantra Coupe with the 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with GDI ensures a great balance between performance and fuel economy. The Elantra Coupe with the new 2.0-liter GDI engine achieves an EPA estimated 24 city/34 highway mpg figure with a ULEV emissions rating.

2014 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine compared with 2013 1.8-liter Nu MPI engine

Key Engine Components

  • Aluminum block and head
  • Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
  • Variable Intake System (VIS)
  • Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Offset crankshaft

The 2.0-liter Nu offers D-CVVT camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using D-CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft. These advantages include a two-percent improvement in performance (via increased volumetric efficiency), two-percent improvement in fuel economy (via reduced pumping losses) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve-driven friction to help improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve tappets.

A plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) enables intake air to be directed between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a broad, linear power band. This results in a four-percent improvement in performance.

Another technology Hyundai engineers have incorporated into the Elantra Coupe is an electronic throttle control. Electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with virtually instantaneous computerized control. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy.

To further improve fuel economy, Elantra Coupe applies double-pipe plumbing technology to the internal heat exchanger. Double-pipe plumbing improves cabin cooling efficiency, while minimizing compressor size and reducing fuel consumption. In addition, an externally-controlled variable compressor is used to improve fuel efficiency when compared with an internal variable compressor.

The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction and pressure between the piston and cylinder wall for a one-percent improvement in fuel economy.The Elantra Coupe comes equipped with a six-speed automatic (A6MF1-1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC® manual control.

ELANTRA COUPE VS. HONDA CIVIC COUPE

Base Engine 2014 Elantra Coupe 2013 Civic Coupe
Displacement 2.0L 1.8L
Horsepower 173@6500 140@6500
Torque (lb.-ft.) 154@4700 128@4300
Specific output 86.5 (est.) 77.8
Transmission 6AT 5MT or 5AT
Fuel economy 
A/T
TBD 28/39
Curb Weights
A/T
 2,861 2,789
Power-to-weight
A/T
16.5 19.9

 

CHASSIS AND STEERING REFINEMENTS
Under the skin, the new 2014 Elantra Coupe has had significant alterations aimed at enhancing handling and steering. A reworked Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) setup along with stiffer dampers, rear springs and a larger front stabilizer bar on the Elantra Coupe deliver better front roll control / stiffness and more fluid suspension action.

  2013 Elantra Coupe 2014 Elantra Coupe
Steering Rack 16 bit 32-bit Modified for sportier feel
Stabilizer Bar (front) 22 mm 23 mm
Front Spring (kgf/mm) 2.4 2.4
Rear Spring (kgf/mm) 2.3 2.4
Dampers Base Stiffened

 

THIRD-GENERATION NAVIGATION AND AUDIO TECHNOLOGY

Elantra Coupe now offers an optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a phone. The voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes now complete most functions.

Elantra Coupe has an AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers. This system includes iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs. A premium audio system with navigation pumps out 360-watts of sound. This system includes an external amplifier and is available in the Technology Package. It also plays compact discs, accesses digital music files employing Bluetooth streaming audio and allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from a phone to the audio system.

The XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services, such as XM NavWeather®, XM Stock Ticker and XM Sports Ticker. The system also integrates a rear-view camera. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB to be displayed on the system’s home screen.

PANDORA® INTERNET RADIO
Pandora internet radio is integrated into the Elantra Coupe’s optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. The display screen has a Pandora icon for internet radio from an iPhone®. Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down. (By selecting the thumbs down icon, that particular song will never be played again.) Pandora can be connected to the head unit via a USB cable and integrates album cover art.

  • Pandora, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations available on a wide variety of connected devices
  • Personalized radio stations launch instantly from a single song, artist or composer “seed” and are refined to each listener’s taste through simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback
  • Pandora has more than 200 million registered users and more than 70 million monthly active listeners who stream more than a billion hours every month
  • More than 80% of Pandora’s total listening hours occur via mobile and other connected devices
  • Approximately one out of every two U.S. smartphone users has listened to Pandora in the past month

HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK®
Blue Link is now available in the Technology Package on the 2014 Elantra Coupe. Blue Link is now coupled with Hyundai’s industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, which is free for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and Car Care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling.

Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile app for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android® and Apple® iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes.

Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

BLUE LINK® PACKAGES

Blue Link Assurance package:

Safety:

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance

Car Care:

  • Maintenance Alert
  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
  • Recall Advisor
  • Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Service Link

Blue Link Essentials package:

Remote Access:

  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Remote Vehicle Start
  • Car Finder

Vehicle Safeguard:

  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Alarm Notification
  • Panic Notification
  • Valet Alert
  • Geo-Fence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package:

  • TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service
  • POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download
  • Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  • Traffic
  • Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  • Eco-Coach
  • Restaurant Ratings
  • Weather

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink/

FLUIDIC SCULPTURE DESIGN LANGUAGE
Elantra Coupe takes Hyundai’s dynamic Fluidic Sculpture design principles to the next level. Fluidic Sculpture design language replicates the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to create a perception of fluid in motion.

Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front fascia opening and jeweled swept-back headlights now with available projector beams and LED accents give Elantra Coupe a lean, aggressive demeanor. Fog lights and bodycolored side mirrors turn signal repeaters complement the view from the front.

From the side, Elantra Coupe conveys a wedge-like sport coupe silhouette with deeply sculpted surfaces. Standard sporty five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with dark spoke inserts add a dynamic presence, while fast A- and C-pillar angles frame a sharply tapered greenhouse, further accentuating the wedge profile. Just below the belt line, a prominent character line carries from the door through to the rear deck. Wheel arch creases give a subtle flared appearance around front and rear wheels, for a wide and aggressive presence. Further, a beveled rocker panel rounds out the lean and muscular effect.

From the rear, a blacked-out rear diffuser valance contrasts with dual chrome-tipped exhaust tips, and the integrated lip spoiler design element. New for the 14 model year is the addition of available LED taillights to further heighten Elantra Coupe’s rear appearance.

These sculpted surfaces serve to create a highly aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra Coupe is an exceptionally low 0.28 Cd, resulting in minimal cabin noise intrusion and optimal fuel economy. Elantra Coupe was designed at Hyundai’s North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif.

NVH IMPROVEMENTS HAPPEN AT HYUNDAI SPEED
Since the launch of the current generation in 2012 as a 2013 model, Elantra Coupe has undergone significant changes to reduce cabin noise. These engineering changes will be noticed immediately by driver and passengers:

Features to help block engine noise:

  • New HVAC duct absorption material
  • Increased anti-vibration upper cowl pad thickness and coverage area
  • New hood insulator
  • Raised cowl top

Features to help block road noise:

  • New higher density carpet
  • Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness
  • Additional expandable foam in the A pillars
  • Full underbody cover

Features to help block combustion noise:

  • New perforated anti-vibration material in the dash panel

OVERALL DIMENSIONS
The Elantra Coupe rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, an overall length of 178.7 inches, 69.9-inch width, and 56.5 inch height for uncompromised headroom. Elantra Coupe’s total interior volume of 110.2 cubic feet exceeds the 2013 Honda Civic Coupe and 2014 Kia Forte Koup by large margins and is surprisingly larger than the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe. The Coupe’s long wheelbase allows for compact coupe efficiency with class-above relative comfort levels. Elantra Coupe’s trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic Coupe and Kia Forte.

VOLUME COMPARISON

  2014 Elantra Coupe 2013 Civic Coupe 2014 Forte Koup
Passenger volume
(cu. ft.)
95.4 83.2 92.3
Cargo volume
(cu. ft.)
14.8 11.7 13.3
Total interior volume
(cu. ft.)
110.2 94.9 105.6
EPA size classification Mid-size Compact Compact

 

SPORTY, SOPHISTICATED INTERIOR
Inside, refinements in design gives the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe a more premium feel with the integration of new HVAC controls. Subtle changes to the placement of HVAC vents and controls lend a higher-quality, simplified look. Providing a more upscale environment is accomplished with a negative LCD display and a cooled glovebox.

Elantra Coupe customers will also find Hyundai’s expertise in interior packaging, lighting, leading-edge design and craftsmanship. This approach is visible in gauge clarity and the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Seat construction uses lightweight materials and environmentally-friendly foam for further benefits to fuel efficiency. Elantra Coupe seat design also provides deeper side bolsters compared with Elantra sedan for sportier driving. Heated seats are also standard equipment on Elantra Coupe.

The Elantra Coupe offers two interior color choices, gray and black. All Elantra Coupes have cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look, feel and minimal environmental impact. Elantra Coupe will offer six exterior colors, two of which are unique from Elantra sedan color choices: Monaco White and Black Noir Pearl.

Elantra Coupe owners can also get additional premium features, such as proximity key with push-button start, leather seating surfaces and power sunroof.

ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES: PART OF HYUNDAI’S ASSURANCE COMMITMENT
The Elantra Coupe takes compact coupe safety to the next level with the introduction of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). Similar to the one found in the Hyundai Equus, VSM optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS).

VSM works when the driver brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides eight Newton meters of counter steering force. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering.

Elantra Coupe features six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbag.

The Elantra Coupe includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which helps provide maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions and driving dynamics. Elantra Coupe engineers even looked at something as simple as the parking brake for an integrated rear parking brake caliper for weight reduction.

In terms of passive safety, the Elantra Coupe has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones to effectively absorb and dissipate impact energy away from cabin occupants.

REFRESHED 2014 ELANTRA ARRIVES AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW WITH NEW GDI ENGINE, DYNAMIC DESIGN AND HOST OF NEW FEATURES

>>CLICK HERE<< to view the full 2014 Elantra Sedan Media Kit

Performance-Oriented Elantra Sport Added to the Lineup

More Than 75 New Reasons to Drive the Hyundai Elantra

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013 – The award-winning Hyundai Elantra returns for 2014 with extensive design upgrades and a more powerful GDI engine in the new Sport trim. A host of new features have also been added, while maintaining the roominess, warranty and safety that has made Elantra a three-time recipient of the ALG Residual Value Award. In total, more than 75 Elantra major sub-systems are new or redesigned. The all-new 2014 Elantra Sport and the rest of the Elantra line up was introduced today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2014 Elantra receives all-new front and rear exterior designs, along with interior styling upgrades. Sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations sharpen the new Elantra Sport’s handling, while extensive technology upgrades improve ergonomics for the entire Elantra Sedan lineup.

New technologies built into the 2014 Elantra include the application of the next-generation navigation and audio technology, which feature simpler user interfaces, enhanced voice recognition commands, improved navigation screens and available Pandora internet radio. A 4.3-inch color touchscreen with integrated rearview camera is now available on the entry level SE, in the Preferred Package, and as standard equipment on the Elantra Sport and Limited. Also new to Elantra Limited is Hyundai’s Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care safety, service and infotainment telematics system.

New for 2014:

Packaging

  • Elantra GLS is now Elantra SE
  • Elantra Sport added to the lineup

Exterior Enhancements

  • New front and rear fascia styling with new rear diffuser
  • Projector headlights with LED headlight accents standard on Elantra Sport and Limited
  • LED taillights standard on Elantra Sport and Limited
  • Chrome belt line molding standard on Elantra Sport and Limited
  • Exposed single exhaust tip standard on Elantra Sport
  • 15-inch alloy wheels standard on Elantra SE
  • New Fog lamp styling
  • Redesigned 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels on Elantra Sport
  • Redesigned 17-inch alloys wheels on Elantra Limited
  • Redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels on SE Preferred Package
  • Rear spoiler standard on Sport

Interior Enhancements

  • Pandora® Internet Radio (available)
  • Center stack HVAC vents relocated
  • New 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen audio with rearview camera standard on Elantra Limited and Sport and included in SE Preferred Package
  • New dual dial HVAC controls
  • New aluminum entrance sills standard on Elantra Sport and Limited
  • New third generation navigation with seven-inch touchscreen optional on Elantra Limited
  • New straight pull transmission selector with leather boot
  • New aluminum pedals standard on Elantra Sport
  • New beige interior color choice
  • Increased height of center armrest
  • New reverse LCD display

Safety and Technology

  • New Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • New driver’s blind spot mirror
  • New standard Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care on Elantra Limited

Driving Dynamics

  • All-new 2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engine standard in Elantra Sport
  • Standard manual transmission on Sport model; automatic transmission available
  • Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) standard on Elantra SE and Limited
  • Stiffer dampers, rear springs and a larger front stabilizer bar on the Sport deliver better front roll control

NVH Enhancements

  • New HVAC duct absorption material
  • New higher density carpet
  • Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness
  • Increased anti-vibration cowl pad thickness
  • Additional expandable foam in the A pillars
  • New anti-vibration material in dash pad
  • Hood insulator added to Elantra Sport and Limited
  • New 16-inch and 17-inch wheels
  • Raised cowl top
  • Applied full underbody cover

REFRESHED EXTERIOR DESIGN

2014 Elantra Limited

For 2014, the Elantra has received a host of exterior design changes. The front and rear styling of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra have been altered for a more stable, balanced look. Up front, a new open-mouth lower bumper, grille, more technical foglights and projector headlamps with LED accents add a dynamic, precise feel to Elantra. The whole L-shaped foglight graphic stabilizes the front end and gives the car a more grounded look, while maintaining a greater sense of width that forces the eye to the corners. The headlamp and taillamp LED accents were also given a more technical appearance to give the Elantra a stronger attitude. From the profile, a chrome beltline molding and new sets of 17-inch alloy wheels on the Elantra Limited and Sport accentuate the Elantra’s premium image. A new black, two-tone rear diffuser also sharpens the look of the 2014 Elantra.

2014 Elantra Sport

INTERIOR REFINEMENTS

2014 Elantra Limited

Inside, refinements in design give the entire 2014 Hyundai Elantra a more premium feel, with an all-new third-generation navigation and audio technology, available aluminum accents and new HVAC controls. Subtle changes to the placement of HVAC vents, controls and the height of the front center armrest lend a higher-quality, simplified look. Providing a more upscale environment is accomplished with a slightly darker, more neutral beige interior color choice, aluminum pedals on the Sport and aluminum door sill plates on the Sport and Limited.

The Elantra Limited offers a new optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a cell phone and the voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes now complete most functions. The systems memory also allows for viewing and storing of jpeg images and Mpeg music files from a USB stick.

PANDORA INTERNET RADIO
Pandora internet radio is integrated into the Elantra Limited’s optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. The display screen has a Pandora icon for internet radio from an iPhone. Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down. (By selecting the thumbs down icon, that particular song will never be played again.) Pandora can be connected to the head unit via a USB cable and integrates album cover art.

  • Pandora, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations available on a wide variety of connected devices
  • Personalized radio stations launch instantly from a single song, artist or composer “seed” and are refined to each listener’s taste through simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback
  • Pandora has more than 200 million registered users and more than 70 million monthly active listeners who stream more than a billion hours every month
  • More than 80% of Pandora’s total listening hours occur via mobile and other connected devices
  • Approximately one out of every two U.S. smartphone users has listened to Pandora in the past month

Elantra SE and Sport have an AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers. This system also includes iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs. The Sport and Limited trims come equipped with a 4.3-inch color touchscreen audio with standard rearview camera. This system is part of the Preferred Package on the Elantra SE. Elantra Limited features an optional premium audio system with navigation that pumps out 360-watts of sound and includes an external amplifier. It also accesses digital music files employing Bluetooth streaming audio and allows the driver and passengers to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from a phone to the audio system.

NVH IMPROVEMENTS HAPPEN AT HYUNDAI SPEED
Since the launch of the current generation in 2010 as a 2011 model, Elantra has undergone significant changes to reduce cabin noise. These engineering changes will be noticed immediately by driver and passengers:

Features to help block engine noise:

  • New HVAC duct absorption material
  • Increased anti-vibration upper cowl pad thickness and coverage area
  • New hood insulator added to Elantra Sport and Limited
  • Raised cowl top

Features to help block road noise:

  • New higher density carpet
  • Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness
  • Additional expandable foam in the A pillars
  • New 16-inch and 17-inch wheels for improved NVH
  • Applied full underbody cover

Features to help block combustion noise:

  • New perforated anti-vibration material in dash panel

Powertrains
The 2014 Elantra now offers the 2.0-liter “Nu” GDI engine in the all-new Sport trim, with standard manual transmission or available automatic. This addition will be very popular with consumers who are looking for exceptional responsiveness, refinement and more performance. The 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine in the Elantra Sport produces 173 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 rpm. This adds 25 more horsepower (+ 17 percent) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18 percent) when compared with last model year’s 1.8-liter Nu engine from the prior model year. These performance gains were achieved by increasing the displacement of the 1.8-liter Nu engine to 2.0 liters and equipping it with a GDI fuel delivery system. The stroke of the 1.8-liter Nu engine was increased from 87.2 mm to 97 mm to get the displacement up to 2.0 liters. The 2.0-liter Nu has been tuned to provide more torque at 1,500 rpm than the outgoing 1.8-liter Nu. The engine also delivers more torque – from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm – for impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline. Equipping the Elantra Sedan Sport with the 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with GDI ensures a great balance between performance and fuel economy. The Elantra Sedan Sport with the 2.0-liter GDI engine and six-speed automatic transmission achieves an EPA estimated 24 city/35 highway mpg with a ULEV emissions rating. The 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic when equipped with 15 or 16-inch wheels achieves an EPA estimated 28 city/38 highway mpg.

2014 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine compared with 2013 1.8-liter Nu MPI engine

Under the hood of the Elantra SE and Limited sedans is the 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 145 horsepower and 130 lb.-ft. of torque.

THE BENEFITS OF GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION
This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,176 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.5:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are “dished” to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder.

Key 2.0-liter and 1.8-liter Nu Engine Components

  • Aluminum block and head
  • Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
  • Variable Induction System (VIS)
  • Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Offset crankshaft

Nu engines feature an aluminum block with a cast iron cylinder liner and aluminum cylinder head. They also offer Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft, including a two percent improvement in performance (increased volumetric efficiency), two percent improvement in fuel economy (reduced pumping loss) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve driven friction to improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve driving. The Nu engine family also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability and improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).

The application of a plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) versus aluminum, enables switching between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a four percent improvement in performance.

Another tool Hyundai engineers have incorporated into Elantra is an electronic throttle control. The electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with fast responding electronics. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy.

The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall for a one percent improvement in fuel economy.

CHASSIS AND STEERING REFINEMENTS
Under the skin, the new 2014 Elantra Sedan Sport trim level has significant alterations aimed at enhancing handling and steering. A reworked Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) setup reduces friction and provides a quicker ratio for a more responsive cornering attitude. Stiffer dampers, rear springs and a larger front stabilizer bar on the Sport deliver better front roll control / stiffness and more fluid suspension action.

 

  Elantra SE and Limited Elantra Sedan Sport
Steering Rack (32 bit) Base Modified for quicker response
Stabilizer Bar (front) 22 mm 23 mm
Front Spring (kgf/mm) 2.4 2.4
Rear Spring (kgf/mm) 2.3 2.4
Dampers Base Stiffened

 

Behind the wheel of the entry level Elantra SE and top-of-the-line Elantra Limited, drivers benefit from Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode, with three operating modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport. This innovative system allows drivers to adapt the Elantra’s steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort mode is ideal for city and parking environments, offering the greatest ease of steering with a decrease in steering effort. Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. Meanwhile, Sport Mode is optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads and decreases power steering assistance. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural and progressive feel. Steering dampening characteristics, active return and friction levels have also been optimized in Elantra.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS
Elantra is still a “class above” some competitors when it comes to interior room. In fact, the Elantra is so roomy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a mid-size car, rather than a compact car like Civic, Mazda3 and Focus. Elantra’s total interior volume of 110.4 cubic feet beats the 2013 Honda Civic sedan, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, and 2014 Ford Focus. Surprisingly, it even surpasses the Acura TSX (108.5 cu. ft.), Nissan Maxima (110.0 cu. ft), and VW CC (106.8 cu. ft.) in total interior volume. Ultimately, the long wheelbase allows for compact car efficiency with mid-size car comfort. An example of this is found in the long seat track, delivering best-in-class front seat legroom. Elantra’s trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic and Corolla. This means Elantra’s trunk can fit three sets of golf clubs versus only two for Focus and Civic.

 

  2014 Elantra 2013 Sentra 2014 Corolla 2013 Civic 2014 Focus 2014 Cruze 2014 Dart 2014 Mazda3
Passenger Volume
(cu. ft.)
95.6 95.9 97.5 94.6 90.7 94.6 97.2 96.3
Cargo Volume
(cu. ft.)
14.8 15.1 13 12.5 13.2 15 13.1 12.4
Total Interior Volume (cu. ft.) – Pass & Cargo 110.4 111 110.5 107.1 103.9 109.6 110.3 108.7
EPA Size Classification Mid-size Mid-size Mid-size Compact Compact Mid-size Mid-size Compact


Safety
Named a “2013 Top Safety Pick+” by the IIHS and the holder of a NHTSA five-star overall crash safety rating, the Elantra returns for 2014 with a Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), driver’s blind spot mirror and Blue Link. HAC minimizes rolling backwards on steep ascents while the blind spot mirror provides a view of the driver’s blind spot.

2014 Standard Safety Features

  • Six airbags
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) /Traction Control (TC)
  • ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Driver’s blind spot mirror

HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK®
Hyundai’s industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard on the 2014 Elantra Limited, for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and Car Care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling.

Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile app for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android® and Apple® iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively.

Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

BLUE LINK® PACKAGES

Blue Link Assurance package:

Safety:

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance

Car Care:

  • Maintenance Alert
  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
  • Recall Advisor
  • Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Service Link

Blue Link Essentials package:

Remote Access:

  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Remote Vehicle Start
  • Car Finder

Vehicle Safeguard:

  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Alarm Notification
  • Panic Notification
  • Valet Alert
  • Geo-Fence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package:

  • TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service
  • POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download
  • Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  • Traffic
  • Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  • Eco-Coach
  • Restaurant Ratings
  • Weather

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

 

Chris Chin

Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech Freelance Automotive Journalist / Editor / Photographer

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