Hyundai Avante Review Hyundai Motor Company which is India’s largest car exporter is planning to introduce its all new model, the Avante, to provide further competition in the Indian market. Hyundai showcased the Avante at this year’s Beijing Motor Show and the car should be available to the Indian market by the beginning of 2011. The Hyundai Avante will be made available in both petrol and diesel variants although the petrol version will hit Indian markets first with the diesel engine following some time later. Since the decline of sales of the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai has not had a vehicle to directly compete in India’s d-segment category. For this reason the Hyundai Avante has been much awaited as it replaces the much maligned Elantra while also providing stiff competition to the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Optra, Skoda Octavia, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta and Skoda Laura. The Hyundai Avante seems quite an ambitious project as it is also expected to eat into sales of higher segment cars like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Skoda Superb, Volkswagen Passat and Nissan Teana. Expected to be sold between 11 – 14 lakhs, the Hyundai Avante follows the trend of Hyundai vehicles by providing good value for money. What it lacks in options and power it definitely makes up for with its fuel efficiency and price. Performance – Hyundai Avante The Hyundai Avante has been globally launched with two engine versions – the petrol and diesel. In India Hyundai is hoping to initially launch the Avante with a petrol engine and follow it up soon with a diesel version. Considering the fact that the Indian car market is very fuel conscious, it seems very likely that Hyundai will not wait too long to make the diesel introduction. The petrol engine is a 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder, DOHC, Gamma, with variable valve transmission and is capable of generating 118 horsepower and 156 Nm of torque. The petrol engine has Gasoline Direct Injection Technology (GDI) which allows it to increase fuel efficiency by around 8 to 10 percent. There are also reports that Hyundai could introduce a 2.0 liter DOHC 4 cylinder engine into the Avante to provide additional engine options, but we will have to wait and see if this is true. The diesel version of the Hyundai Avante will run on a 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder, CRDi engine that produces 115 horsepower and a maximum torque of 260 Nm. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission and although buyers may look to get a better performance the fuel efficiency of both are top-notch. Initial reports also suggest a four-speed automatic transmission that could be used in conjunction with the diesel engine, but these are not confirmed at the moment. The Hyundai may not be the best performing car in its segment but it offers maximum comfort for all passengers. The ride quality and handling in the Avante are very good and this is due to the suspension, steering and brakes of the vehicle. The suspension in the Avante is a MacPherson strut type at the front and a stabilizer bar at the rear. The Stabilizer bar allows for a firmer ride and better handling. Braking in the Avante is also consistent with vehicles in its class and it uses front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The telescopic and tilt power steering is also very light and allows the driver to move sprightly in slow moving traffic while giving him/her the freedom to get the best driving position. Hyundai engineers and designers have paid great attention to detail and have tailored the Avante to suit Indian roads by giving it a high ground clearance of 185 mm as well as tight turning radius of 5.67 meters. Acceleration is also good in the Avante although it is by no means the quickest in its class. The Hyundai Avante is touted as having a top speed of 185 kmph. The petrol engine has been tested and gives a mileage of 11 km/l in the city and 14 km/l on the highway.