2017 Hyundai Elantra previewed
Set to make its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra was revealed in home-market trim this week at the automaker's Namyang R&D Center. Badged as the Avante in Korea, this all-new version of Hyundai's best-selling sedan will arrive here next year in much the same form. Although we'll have to wait until November for specifics, Hyundai says the power output, fuel-efficiency, comfort and safety features on the new Elantra/Avante have all been upgraded.
Sleeker, stronger and safer
Slightly longer and lower albeit marginally taller than the vehicle it replaces, the 2017 Elantra features a sleeker -- 0.27 coefficient of drag -- and more sophisticated appearance based on an evolution of its Fluidic Sculpture design language. A prominent hexagonal grille now dominates its edgier front fascia and is framed by slimmer headlamps and new foglamps. The rear styling benefits from a similarly refinements, also gaining more polished character set off with elegant lighting elements to complement its semi-fastback roofline.
Structurally, the new Elantra features an all-new design that significantly increases both strength and rigidity thanks to a 32-percent increase in the use of advanced high-strength steel. Although the wheelbase carries over at 106.3 inches, Hyundai claims the new Elantra offers "a spacious interior comparable with that of the segment above."
New safety features
The new Elantra also will introduce a number of new comfort/convenience/safety touches highlighted by things like an Integrated Memory Seat, premium Harman audio system, hands-free Smart Trunk and a host of sophisticated driver assists including Autonomous Emergency Braking, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
In the home market, the Elantra/Avante will offer three 4-cylinder engines: a 130-horsepower/1.6-liter and a 147-horse/2.0-liter gasoline powerplants and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that make 134 ponies. We'll just have to wait to see any of these new engines or if our 2017 Elantras will carry over existing 145-horse/1.8-liter and 173-horse/2.0-liter motivators.