Complete Hyundai Lantra lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

1995 Hyundai Lantra - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1995 - 2000 Hyundai Lantra SedanLantra1 Trim 128 Hp 1995 Hyundai Lantra Combi - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1996 - 2000 Hyundai Lantra Station wagonLantra Combi2 Trims 68 to 88 Hp

The Hyundai Lantra is a compact car manufactured and marketed by the South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai from 1990 to 2000.

History of the Hyundai Lantra

Hyundai Lantra (1991–1993)

Due to copyright difficulties, many countries have distinct names for the Hyundai subcompact car. Hyundai was a relatively unknown brand when it first entered the global auto industry. It was developed with licensed Mitsubishi Motors parts and engines and reached the U.S. and European markets. As a direct competitor to the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Opel/Vauxhall Astra Mk 3, Hyundai debuted the Elantra in 1990. Mitsubishi supplied all three engine options, varying from 86 horsepower to 126 horsepower for Hyundai. Manual transmissions were available for the Elantra, as well as 4-speed automatics.

Hyundai Lantra (1993–1995)

When Hyundai launched its Lantra series two years later, they opted to give the tiny car a facelift. Despite its lack of automotive industry expertise, Hyundai's management knew it needed to build brand recognition. Facelifted models demonstrated the company's ongoing efforts to enhance its goods. As with the 1993 Lantra, the automaker reworked the car's appearance to increase its quality. As long as Hyundai had a relationship with Mitsubishi, it would continue to use three of Mitsubishi's engines. The Elantra was available with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission from the Korean automaker.

Hyundai Lantra (1995–1998)

Hyundai produced the Lantra J2 in 1995 to replace the Lantra I, which was on the market for only five years. Hyundai was tireless in its efforts. It put a lot of pressure on its R&D team to develop new items. After Lantra's initial production run, the automaker has already begun work on a replacement model, not a facelift. The Lantra J2's fully independent suspension improved the car's comfort and handling. Nevertheless, it was not a sports car. A 1.6L Hyundai engine replaced the Lantra J1's former Mitsubishi engine.

Hyundai Lantra (1998–2000)

After three years of production, the second-generation Lantra stunned buyers with a remastered model for the full range. This year, the sedan and station wagon had the same front fascia, unlike the non-facelifted model. The manufacturer didn't find its niche in the industry but didn't want to lose it. Thus this was like the acknowledgment of its brand. A Mitsubishi engine powers the base model, while a Peugeot-sourced diesel four-cylinder powerplant is used for the more powerful models. The Lantra was available with various engines, ranging from 1.5L to 2.0L, depending on the market. The 139 horsepower from the latter made the vehicle shockingly fast.


The Hyundai Lantra 2000 range between $1,900 for the base Sedan Lantra SE and $4,070 for the top-of-the-line Wagon Lantra GLS.


Hyundai's facelifted model now has an engine grille since the company discovered it needed one to keep the engine cool. For the chromed badge to rest on, it left a substantial vertical slat behind. The company altered the headlights and bumper to accompany the new front design. The sunroof, for example, was added to some of the higher-end trims, but the manufacturer preserved the same fluid lines as the non-facelifted predecessor. Although Hyundai did not wish to sell its vehicles without a basic package, it conveyed that preference differently depending on where it marketed the car.

Release Date

Hyundai released the Lantra from 1990 to 2000.