They may appeal to radically different market sectors, but the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2016 Infiniti QX60 — which arrived in local showrooms near the end of February — are both expected to be top sellers.
The fifth-generation Elantra has a completely different body style built on a state-of-the-art superstructure platform, says Murray Hyundai sales rep Mario Sacco. “The new model, made of advanced, high-strength steel manufactured in Hyundai’s own steel mill, boasts superior handling, enhanced interior quiet and improved safety,” Sacco says. “It’s a big improvement over the previous model.”
Sacco says the 2017 Elantra’s completely new body style including new front end with hexagonal grille. He also says there is more interior space than one would think based on the exterior look.
Among new standard features are heated seats, remote keyless entry and projection headlights. Sacco says the new Elantra is available in a choice of six different trims. “We expect that the GL (the third level trim) will be the most popular.”
Among the highlights contained in the GL’s package of standard features are leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel, blind spot protection and rear cross traffic alert, a seven-inch touchscreen display with rearview camera and Android Auto which allows the driver to control a smartphone’s various functions — plugged into a UDSB port — through the dash head unit.
The top-of-the-line trim offers as standard features autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection — a first for Elantra — as well as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability for speeds up to 80 kilometres per hour, lane-departure warning system, lane-keeping assistance and high-intensity-discharge headlights with adaptive cornering.
The standard 2017 Elantra is powered by a two-litre four-cylinder that provides 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The new Elantra Eco sports a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine with 128 horsepower and 156 pound-feet.
Sacco says the 2017 Elantra base model sells for a starting price of $17,700 — just $300 more than its predecessor. The GL trim starts at $22,500 while the top of the line trim is priced at $30,000.
Sacco says inventory is plentiful — with at least two models of each trim level in stock and more on the way. “We have sold most of the models we have received,” he says. “People are very impressed with the new Elantra.”
The 2016 Infiniti QX60 — which made its debut at Birchwood Infiniti in late February — has been redesigned for this model year.
“The 2016 QX60 has a new fascia both front and rear, new headlights and a new grille,” says Birchwood Infiniti sales manager Tom McKee. “There are also other subtle changes to the exterior such as carbon-fibre material on the doors. On the whole, the new model is a lot more aggressive-looking.”
Inside, the console and shifter has been redesigned, there are new lighted mirrors and new trim on the dash. The QX60 comes equipped with the latest generation of Infiniti’s InTuition infotainment system. Displayed on a high-resolution screen, InTuition lets the driver enter an address into the navigation system, make phone calls thanks to Bluetooth technology, turn on the A/C or the heater, and even adjust the position of the front seats. The screen also displays images from the available 360-degree camera.
The new model is powered at the base level by a V-6 engine that produces 300 horspower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
McKee says the base model starts at $49,600 (including freight and pdi). There is a special deal on higher end models — up to $5,000 off the sticker price. “We have had a positive response to the new QX60,” McKee says. “We initially received four models and have sold two of them. We’ve just ordered a bunch more. We expect the QX60 to be a big seller for us.”