The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has made its debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The sixth-generation model gets more efficient powertrains and a bold aerodynamic design.
The front fascia gets the signature hexagonal grille outlined in chrome. On the either side of the grille, are the sleek headlamps featuring available HID lights, while the vertical LED running lights are positioned below in the bumper. The front lower section also incorporates wheel air curtains that minimize turbulence and lower wind resistance. Aerodynamics elements like the one mentioned and several others contribute to give the 2017 Elantra a drag coefficient of 0.27 Cd.
The flanks receive a sharp shoulder line, prominent wheel arches, LED door handle approach lights, optional 17-inch alloys and side mirrors with turn indicators. The rear features elongated LED tail lights. Dimension-wise, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra measures 179.9 inches, 70.9 inches and 56.5 inches in length, width and height respectively. This corresponds to a 0.8-inch increase in length and 1.0-inch increase in width compared to the previous generation; the wheelbase remains the same at 106.3 inches.
The interior is more driver-oriented and has been updated with intuitive controls. High-quality materials have been used throughout the cabin and soft-touch materials are found at key touch points to convey the premium factor across. The instrument panel features a 4.2-inch TFT LCD display for better clarity. The center console is laid out in a horizontal design with a seven degree tilt towards the driver. Aside from the base audio system, two infotainment systems are offered: a 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera and Hyundai’s next-gen 8.0-inch navigation system. Both systems support Android Auto, voice-controlled search, app-based navigation and streaming audio.
There will be two engine options for the 2017 Elantra. The first engine that will be used by most trims is the 2.0-liter four cylinder running on Atkinson cycle. This engine is capable of 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft. (179 Nm) of torque. It is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission which helps it to achieve a combined fuel economy of 33 mpg (14.03 km/l). There is also a 6-speed manual gearbox option but it is limited to the SE trim. The second engine is the 1.4-liter Kappa GDI turbocharged four-cylinder unit producing 128 hp and 156 lb.-ft. (211 Nm) of torque. The only transmission on offer for this engine is the EcoShift 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Combined fuel efficiency is rated at 35 mpg (14.88 km/l). The Kappa unit will be available exclusively on the Elantra Eco trim, which will be on sale in US by spring of 2016.
Safety features that come as standard on the all-new Elantra are seven airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Traction Control, ABS and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
The 2017Hyundai Elantra will come in eight colors out of which five are new to the model. The sedan is expected in US showrooms by January 2016.