Preview: Hyundai 2021 Avante / Elantra Sedan in Singapore

Hyundai Singapore showcased the new 2021 Avante 1.6 sports sedan in its Komoco showroom in Singapore. The car has already been homologated in Singapore and should be in by November 2020.


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Two trims are available in Singapore: Avante 1.6 “S”, Avante 1.6 “Elite”.

The theme for Hyundai’s design for the 2021 Avante is “Sensuous Sportiness”.

“Parametric Dynamics” is the phrase Hyundai designers use to describe the dramatic look of the all-new 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6.

Dashboard of the 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6.

Dashboard of the 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6.

The design departs from traditional smooth surfaces to use bold lines and geometric shapes to trigger a reaction in the beholder.


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Komoco Motors unveils the new Hyundai 2021 Avante 1.6 in its showroom in Singapore.

Outside of Singapore and Hyundai’s domestic market in Korea, the Avante is sold under the name Elantra.

“The new, captivating look is going to bring excitement to a whole new generation of buyers. Then once inside, they’re going to love all of the progressive features,” said Ng Choon Wee, Commercial Director, Komoco Motors, sole distributor of Hyundai automotive in Singapore since 1986.

The Avante is into its 7th iteration and is built on Hyundai’s new 3rd Generation platform.

The all-new Avante 1.6 offers the SmartStream Gamma II 1.6 with dual port fuel injection (123 hp, 154 Nm).

This model has achieved a best-in-class LTA combined fuel economy rating – a big improvement over previous models, due in part to the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).

The car comes with Hyundai SmartSense Advanced Driver’s Assist System for greater safety, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

More details below from the press release.

Now in its seventh generation, the Avante 1.6 has sold over 31,000 units since its launch in Singapore.

“Avante’s sleek design, combined with Hyundai’s expertise in interior packaging, has produced an interior that delivers outstanding comfort, functionality, and practicality… Hyundai is a young, dynamic and technology-driven brand committed to provide a happy life to its customers. Just as the ‘Strategy 2025’ announced, the seamless connectivity, especially on the move, is an essential part of creating quality time and ease of space”, said Lee MooYeon, Project Manager, Avante CN7 Development Team, Hyundai Motor.

In fact, 10 years ago in 2009, the Avante 1.6 was Singapore’s best-selling model – 5225 units were sold.

In 2018 and 2019, the Avante 1.6 (sold as the Elantra 1.6 in 2018) was the best-selling Sedan in Singapore – 4550 and 4313 units were sold respectively.

The all-new 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6 is a sports sedan that the next generation wants to drive.

It is for customers that are pragmatic and sensible yet disruptive and always questioning traditions.

This daring and non-conforming mindset is evident in the progressive and exciting Avante 1.6.

It provides a defying mobility experience as Hyundai progresses to become the “Smart Mobility Solution Provider” of the future.

The 2021 Hyundai Avante/Elantra 1.6 is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor.

The 2021 Hyundai Avante/Elantra 1.6 is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor.

The all-new 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6 gains 55 mm in overall length [to 4,675 mm] and 20 mm in its wheelbase 2,720 mm, and the overall width is increased 25 mm [to 1,825mm].

“The seventh-generation Avante is the perfect expression of digital design technology. We use cutting edge engineering and molding techniques rather than conventional drawings or sketches. This is an integration of design and engineering solutions that we strongly emphasize all the time. Our goal was to give the Avante more character and emotional appeal and that’s achieved through a strategy called parametric dynamics. We use parametric shapes and textures to give it an edgy aggressive look. And we cascaded the shapes throughout the entire car. You first notice them on the front end in the parametric jewel grille. Also we created an integrated LED feature with the LED headlamp and harmonised shapes of the air curtain,” said Senior Vice President SangYup Lee who heads the Hyundai Global Design Center.

The overall height also dropped 20mm [to 1,430 mm].

These minor changes dramatically changed the shape of the car but had limited impact on cabin space.

In fact, most key interior dimensions increased.

The Avante 1.6 offers a standard 16”, and 17” alloy wheels for even more fun when the going gets sporty.

Hyundai’s IVT provides superior efficiency and simulates gear shifts like those in traditional automatic transmissions that customers are used to.

This transmission performs continuous shifts by the modulating pressure of the transmission’s pulley, depending on driving conditions and driver inputs.

It uses a wide-ratio pulley system, which provides a broader ratio of operation compared with its competitors.

This allows for improved fuel economy at higher gear ratios and improved performance at lower ratios.


“In the event of a collision, this platform improves safety because it uses a multi-load path structure… Safety needs are the basic needs that we all require, regardless of the segment. This is why we tried to put as many ADAS features as we could. Owners of compact family sedans now can share the same high-tech safety features that only premium sedans used to have”, added Lee MooYeon.

A sleek roofline typically compromises headroom, but at 1030 mm of front headroom and 947 mm of rear headroom, the all-new 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6 has more front headroom and the same amount of rear headroom as its predecessor.

The longer wheelbase also provides a best-in-class 964mm of rear legroom and the wider track width means improved shoulder room in the front and rear.

Hyundai Avante 1.6’s 474L of trunk space gives it an 8 percent advantage over the Corolla.

Hyundai SmartSense Safety

The all-new 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6 offers a new array of standard SmartSense advanced safety technologies as standard.

  • Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Driver’s Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA)
  • Blind-spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA)

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3 Responses to “Preview: Hyundai 2021 Avante / Elantra Sedan in Singapore”

  1. Stephen Comey says:

    What’s the 0-100km/h for this “sports” sedan? ;-p

    • tech4tea says:

      The SmartStream Gamma II 1.6 engine with dual port fuel injection matched with this closely coupled IVT gets the new 2021 Avante 1.6 to 100km/h in just 10.4s (as opposed to 11.6s in the current car equipped with a 6-speed auto).

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