The Elantra Eco shares the same bold aerodynamic design and signature hexagonal grille with the rest of the Hyundai Elantra line-up, but distinguishes itself with an “Eco” badge and unique 15-inch alloy wheels. Standard vertical LED daytime running lights add a distinctive front light signature along with thoughtful door handle welcome lights for improved visibility at night. The Eco also includes Elantra’s segment-exclusive hands-free Smart Trunk, allowing drivers to conveniently open the trunk if their hands are full by simply approaching the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in a purse or pocket. An audible beep will sound three times, and the trunk will automatically open, making it easy to place items in the cargo area.
Exclusive to the Elantra Eco is an all-new efficient 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder producing 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a robust 156 lb-ft. of torque at a low 1,400 ~ 3,700 rpm. This engine is mated to a new seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission providing dynamic and efficient driving performance through its optimized gear-ratios and seamless shifting. With this innovative powertrain, the Elantra Eco delivers an impressive 35 mpg combined, 32 city and 40 mpg highway on regular unleaded gasoline and could result in an average annual fuel cost of just $950 (source: fueleconomy.gov).
An integrated cylinder head and exhaust manifold help to improve fuel economy at higher engine speeds, while an optimized straight intake port increases tumble flow for fast combustion, suppressing knock tendency to further enhance efficiency. In addition, all Elantras are equipped with a new 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.