2017 Hyundai Elantra Revealed at 2015 LA Auto Show

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Old 21-Nov-2015
2017 Hyundai Elantra Revealed at 2015 LA Auto Show

The American-spec 2017 Hyundai Elantra debuted at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show. The car has already been launched under the Avante moniker in South Korea and is likely to find its way to India by the end of 2016.

Hyundai has decided to opt for a different design approach with the new Elantra. Rather than basing it on the company's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, Hyundai has chosen to give it a substantially different look. The chrome accented, 5-slat hexagonal front grille seems to imitate the recently teased Genesis G90 luxury sedan, which will be the first car to come out of Hyundai's newly launched Genesis sub-brand stable. The HID head-lamps with Dynamic Bending Lights are equipped with LED strips and are visually similar to those seen on present generation Jaguar sedans, particularly the new XE. The front fascia also features vertically stacked LED DRLs integrated within the bumper.

Although the new-look Elantra doesn't take design cues from the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy, it still possesses the same slick, aerodynamic profile as the outgoing version. The elegant roofline merges with its tall boot-section, giving the Elantra a coupe-esque look. The car is also noticeably leaner than its predecessor that highlights its clean lines and curves. The rear-end profile of the car features slender, horizontally placed LED tail-lamps, and a boot-lip spoiler.

Inside, the Elantra gets an all-black colour scheme accentuated by silver-grey highlights. The black and white instrument cluster is clean and easy to read while the large Harman touchscreen infotainment system unit has been angled towards the driver. Overall, the dashboard is decked out with premium quality, soft touch materials which should ensure that the Elantra's cabin will exhibit a premium and more upmarket look and feel to it. On the technology front, the car will feature Smart Cruise Control, hands-free Smart Trunk, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and BlueLink connectivity for your personal smart gadgets.

Mechanically, the American model of the new Hyundai Elantra features a choice between two engines - a 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson petrol unit rated at 147bhp and 179Nm of torque, or a 1.4-litre turbocharged Kappa engine that makes 128bhp and 211Nm of torque. The smaller capacity Kappa engine is likely to find its way into the Eco version of the new Elantra that is slated to launch in America in the second quarter of 2016. The Kappa engine will be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch auto-box, whereas the 2.0-litre Atkinson engine will be available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Safety is another aspect that the Korean company seems to have improved upon. The new Hyundai Elantra's body and chassis have been strengthened by the use of high strength steel. The steering system has been upgraded to Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) for a more connected driving experience. Other safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, High Beam Assist (HBA), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Change Assistance. To ensure the effectiveness of all this newly added technology, the car was put through rigorous testing at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam.

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