2011 Hyundai Elantra highlights: VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, Brake Assist and EBD safety systems
Hyundai’s best-selling car worldwide has seen a complete makeover for the 2011 model year. The all-new Elantra compact sedan boasts attractive exterior styling influenced by the automaker’s latest design philosophy called “Fluidic Sculpture”. In addition, the newcomer also features state-of-the-art powertrain technology such as the 1.8L Nu four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, as well as a large number of up-to-date safety systems.
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra safety systems include VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, Brake Assist and EBD systems which are all available also on entry-level 2011 Elantra models. The 2011 Elantra now takes compact car safety to the next level with the introduction of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). Similar to the one found in the Hyundai Equus, VSM optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS), says Hyundai.
VSM works to control two effects. The first is when a driver accelerates or brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry pavement on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides 8 Newton meters of counter steering. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering.
The 2011 Elantra also features advanced braking package, which includes disc brakes on all four wheels, Anti-Lock Braking System – ABS, Brake Assist system and Electronic Brake-force Distribution -EBD. Brake Assist system provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, while EBD automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions. The all-new Hyundai Elantra also features six standard airbags, including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags.
With such an impressive safety pack as available on the 2011 Elantra compact sedan, it’s safe to say that Hyundai is taking the compact car safety to the next level!