2017 Hyundai Elantra Details Revealed Ahead of U.S. Debut
By Christian Wardlaw, September 10, 2015
Slated to debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra has been unveiled in home-market specification.
Sold as the Avante in South Korea, the new 2017 Elantra adopts the “modern premium” evolution of the automaker’s Fluidic Sculpture design theme, as seen on the larger Sonata sedan. More aerodynamic and less expressive than the outgoing Elantra, the 2017 version boasts a 0.27 coefficient of drag, according to Hyundai. Similar to modern BMW models, the new Elantra employs air-curtain design elements to minimize turbulence around the front wheels.
Featuring an interior layout modeled after the larger Sonata and Genesis sedans, the Elantra’s cabin is equipped with soft-touch surface materials, upscale detailing, upgraded instrumentation and graphics, and improved refinement. Hyundai will offer the Elantra in four different interior colors.
An Integrated Memory Seat feature is designed to return the driver’s seat to a preferred position if a valet or attendant moves the seat. Hyundai also plans to offer a new 8-speaker premium audio system from Harman, promising that it will deliver “delightful sound quality.”
Smart Trunk technology is also available for the new Elantra, automatically opening the trunk lid if the car’s keyless entry fob is within range for longer than 3 seconds. Based on Hyundai’s SAE measurement in liters, trunk volume measures 14.4 cu. ft.
Additional use of advanced high-strength steel in the Elantra’s body structure is designed to improve occupant protection in a collision. To help drivers avoid a collision in the first place, the new Elantra can be fitted with a blind-spot monitoring system with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert functions, automatic high-beam headlights, and a forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.
In South Korea, the Elantra will be available with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, 1.6-liter diesel 4-cylinder engine, or a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will be used with the diesel engine, while gasoline engines come with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
As this article is written, Hyundai has not announced the engine lineup for Elantras coming to North America. It is a good bet that this market will offer the 1.6-liter gasoline engine, and perhaps the 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Hyundai does state that its gasoline engines benefit from improved low- and mid-range torque output for more lively response.
Ride and handling improvements are also on the menu. In addition to the car’s more rigid structure, the suspension is redesigned and the electric steering is re-tuned for better on-center feel and off-center response, the company says. The new Elantra rides on aluminum wheels ranging in size from 15 in. to 17 in. in diameter, depending on the trim level.
Changes to the redesigned 2017 Elantra are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. That’s OK, because despite its age, the 2016 Elantra remains an appealing choice in the small sedan segment. Expect the redesigned Elantra to go on sale early in calendar year 2016.