Hyundai has struck gold in an otherwise very competitive, low-margin segment of the American auto market with the Elantra coming only behind the Toyota corolla and Honda Civic.
The car has already sold over 200, 000 units in the US through October outshining the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus. Hyundai revealed the 6th generation of the Elantra in the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show which features updated connectivity and safety technology in a bid to outclass the new Honda Civic and the Nissan Sentra which is gaining ground really fast.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has followed styling cues of the larger Sonata by doing away with its curvy profile and instead opted for a premium touch with clean lines.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Exterior
The exterior profile has been reworked with inspiration from the latest Sonata sedan. The new Elantra rides on a new chassis which is comprised of 53% high-strength steel up from 21% in the model it is replacing. The new model is significantly lighter and with a 29.5 % torsional rigidity improvement. In terms of its exterior dimensions, the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra is 0.8 inches longer at 179.9 inches and an inch wider with a width of 70.9 inches.
The vehicle features the company’s signature hexagonal grille with HID headlights flanking it. For the first time, the Elantra lineup features vertical LED daytime running lights. The front also gets front-wheel air curtains which direct airflow around the wheels to improve air flow and therefore its fuel efficiency. The vehicle also features underbody covers, a rear decklid shape and an under spoiler on the rear fascia which improves its aerodynamics. All this achieve a 0.27 coefficient of drag.
Just below the greenhouse is a bold character line. Its C-pillar looks similar to the Hyundai Genesis. The rear also features LED taillights while the sides feature LED door-handle approach lights offered as an option. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior
On the inside, the Elantra features a more modern cabin. The sedan will accommodate five passengers on its quality cloth upholstered seats. The seats have an ergonomic design to improve comfort and reduce fatigue. Leather upholstery is available as an option. There is an option for heated front and rear seats as well. The driver’s seat and the side mirrors have a memory setting feature.
Other features include; automatic climate control along with an auto defogging system and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The vehicle also features Hyundai’s Bluelink telematics which allow users with Apple Watches and Android Wear to monitor the vehicle as well as lock and unlock doors from their wrist watches.
On the safety front, the vehicle features ABS with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beam and blind-spot monitoring. Other options include steerable adaptive lighting and adaptive cruise control. For a premium ride, you can opt for a hands-free trunk release and dual position seat memory.
Engine Specs and Fuel economy
Under the hood, the 2017 Elantra will feature two different drive-trains. The, SE and Limited trims will be equipped with a 2.0 L Atkinson cycle, 4-cylinder engine that comes good with 147 hp at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The Korean automaker says that this is the only engine that features a multi-port injection port in this segment.
The automaker further expects an estimated fuel economy of 29 mpg city, 38 mpg on highway and 33 mpg combined fuel economy when the engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic system. A 6-speed manual system will be offered as an option only on the SE trim.
The second engine fitted on the Elantra Eco is a 1.4L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 128 hp @ 5,550 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque @ only 1,400 rpm up to 3,700 rpm. This engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system. It has an estimated 55 mpg fuel economy on combined drives.
Price and release date
The vehicle will hit the dealerships in January 2016. Hyundai has not announced official prices; however, we believe the starting price will not vary much from that of the outgoing model. As such, you can expect a starting price MSRP of around $ 18,000.