The new sixth-generation Hyundai Elantra has been revealed in Korea.
A fresh look similar to what we have seen with the new Sonata now adorns Hyundai’s compact car, which is slightly wider and longer than the current model. Greater use of high-strength steel in the body and a revised suspension system are said to deliver enhanced driving dynamics, while new acoustic glass and insulation was used to make the car quieter on the inside.
Under the hood, three engines will be available in the Korean market: a small 1.6-liter four-cylinder, a larger 2.0-liter four banger that makes 147 hp, and a 1.6-liter diesel. A six-speed automatic and six-speed manual are available with all of the engines, while a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission can be paired to the diesel. Engine availability in other markets besides Korea was not announced, so which engines the Elantra will offer in the U.S. remains to be seen.
Fuel economy should be improved on the car, thanks to the use of lightweight materials along with an improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, though no specific details were released.
Enhancing comfort was a priority for Hyundai with the new Elantra. A memory seat that remembers your seat settings has been installed in the Elantra, while a new smart trunk features pops the trunk automatically when the key-holder approaches. When it comes to safety, the new Elantra is now fit with autonomous emergency braking, high-beam assist, blind-spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.
The sixth-generation Elantra goes on sale in South Korea this year, where it is sold as the Avanta. The rest of the world will have to wait for the car, which will likely come to the U.S. as a 2017 model.
Hyundai expects to sell roughly 50,000 units this year in Korea while globally Hyundai hopes to move 700,000 units.