2009 Hyundai Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 11 July 2009 , 08:07:17 byDan

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Hyundai Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Hyundai introduced its first ever Hybrid Electric Vehicle, the Elantra LPI Hybrid on the Korean market, a model that offers a strong message of reassurance to the customers. It delivers a fuel economy rating at 17.8 km/l and CO2 emissions of only 99 g/km to qualify as a Super Low Emissions Vehicle. A conventional 1.6-liter Elantra equipped with an automatic transmission would be able to travel a distance of 15 km using one liter of gasoline. The fuel efficiency of Elantra LPI HEV is further improved with the Auto-Stop engine function which automatically switches off the ignition at idle. Powered by a 1.6-liter LPI Gamma engine with maximum power rated at 114 PS and a 15kW electric motor capable of developing a maximum of 20 PS, the hybrid engine of Elantra LPI HEV puts out a total 134 horsepower using a Continuously Variable Transmission. This amount of power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 11.7 seconds, beating the Honda Civic Hybrid by around 2.0 seconds. The CVT of the model is equipped with a driver-selectable Eco-Drive gear that maximizes fuel efficiency by reducing sharp fluctuations in the torque, increasing the use of electric motor assist and electric charge regeneration when brakes are applied. The hybrid model is available in three trim levels, and the Elantra LPI HEV will be priced at 20.5 million won for the entry level HDe-I model and will top out at 23.2 million won for the HDE-III model. The carmaker invested $198 million over a 43 month-long development period on the Elantra LPI HEV. There are no plans to export the Elantra LPI Hybrid, but feasibility studies are currently underway in overseas markets where an excellent LPG re-fuelling infrastructure exists. The carmaker offers a 5-year / 100.000 km power-train warranty.