It has come a long way.
The Hyundai Elantra might not be one of the most prestigious names in motoring history, but it has been a solid seller on the global market, and North America has also enjoyed its fair share of this Korean sedan. Hyundai has been sharpening up the Elantra brand as of late, and with a hardcore Elantra N in the works, and an active hand in motorsport, this once forgettable car is making a big name for itself. Now, thanks to a series of cool infographics supplied by Budget Direct Car Insurance, the Elantra's evolution has been beautifully documented for fans, and for those who just like looking at pretty infographics.
The Hyundai Elantra has been chugging along for seven generations, with the first starting out life back in 1990. The first-gen car was powered by a Mitsubishi-engineered 1.6-liter engine and looked about as forgettable as a car can get. The second generation started life in 1995 and was the first to use a Hyundai designed and manufactured engine. It looked much better too. The third-gen car was produced from 2000 to 2006 and was codenamed the XD. In the US, it was offered with a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. 2006 saw the introduction of the fourth-generation, and production lasted until 2010. This car will be remembered for its "coke bottle" styling and was the first to feature mild-hybrid tech in Korean markets.
Introduced in 2010, the fifth-gen Elantra was substantially larger than the fourth and had the honor of winning the North American Car of the Year award at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The sixth-generation came to life in 2015 introducing the massive front grille the range is known for these days and took on a more angular design. Finally, we come to the seventh generation that was revealed in March of 2020.
Codenamed the CN7, this car will be sold in North America as a 2021 model and features a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine producing 147 horsepower. The future looks bright for this Korean sedan, and the Elantra N can't come soon enough.