2017 Hyundai Elantra Arrives with Updated Styling, New Safety Features

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The sixth-generation Hyundai Elantra has debuted at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, sporting a new, more upscale design and all-new efficient powertrains.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra will be arriving at dealerships in January 2016 and will try to distinguish itself from the rest of the compact car segment with the addition of segment-first convenience and safety technologies. The Korean automaker also expects to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) once crash tests are conducted.

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Featured prominently on the front end of the Elantra’s new design is Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille accented with new lighting including available HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights and unique vertical LED daytime running lights, both of which are firsts for the model. The front end integrates functional front wheel air curtains derived from the Sonata Hybrid, helping manage air flow from the front of the vehicle and around the wheels to minimize turbulence and wind resistance. Contributing to the model’s 0.27 coefficient of drag are underbody covers, an aerodynamic rear bumper bottom spoiler and a rear decklid designed with an expanded trunk edge.

When the Elantra launches early next year, available features include 17-inch alloy wheels, all-new LED door handle approach lights, side-mirror LED turn signal indicators and LED tail lights. The model will be offered in eight exterior colors, five of which are new to the Elantra. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is 0.8 inches longer at 179.9 inches and one inch wider at 70.9 inches.

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Heading into the cabin, Hyundai has outfitted the new Elantra with a modern driver-oriented design, optimized for intuitive control and packed with high-quality materials and premium technology features. Along with improved interior roominess, the compact sedan integrates premium soft-touch materials in key touch points to deliver a comfortable interior environment for all passengers.

Compared to its competitors, the Elantra offers more passenger volume (95.8 cubic feet), cargo volume (14.4 cubic feet) and total interior volume (110.2 cubic feet) and even bests some luxury sedans such as the 2016 Audi A4 and 2016 Acura ILX.

Powering the Elantra for the 2017 model year are two all-new powertrains, designed for improved fuel efficiency and everyday drivability performance. Standard for the sedan is a 2.0-liter Atkinson four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The company anticipates that the model will return 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway for a 33-mpg combined rating when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The other powertrain is a 1.4-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine that will be available in spring 2016. Producing 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque, the engine will be available on the Elantra Eco model and is mated to an EcoShift seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Hyundai estimates that the Elantra Eco will return an estimated 35-mpg combined rating based on internal testing.

Expect pricing information on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra to be announced closer to the model’s launch early next year.

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  • DClark

    As a 2015 Elantra Limited owner I’ve been following news on the 2017 redesign and I’m a bit disappointed with the conservative design. In my opinion it’s less daring than the current design, too egg-shaped, and too similar to the Ford Fusion.

    A 128hp 1.4L Turbo also seems like an engine that would be more useful in the Accent rather than the Elantra.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Agreed, and it looks bloated.

  • Spongebob CrankyPants

    Just as boring as the Sonata. I have had three Elantra’s… 2007, 2011 and a 2014 (Elantra Coupe). I love my car and I love how it looks. For me, the new offerings from Hyundai are a bit on the bland side. I had planned on getting a new Elantra when the redesign came out. I will stick with what I have.

  • Kevin Rusch

    I have a 2012 Elantra, and every time I see a 2003 Elantra like the one I had before, I want to weep a little. The 2012’s a good car, but the ’03 just felt like I was cheating the system each time I drove it. Such a wonderful machine. This looks like a Ford Focus.

  • Ford Fusion was exactly my first thought as well. I own a 2002 Elantra GLS and to be honest I love older cars better than new ones.

  • westwardster

    I love the brand, but this car makes my ’05 GT hatch look better than ever..!

  • Alucard

    I must say that Hyundai really dropped the ball on styling with the Sonata but they’ve upped the ante with this model. The rear end looks good but the rest of the vehicle looks regressive in style. That Hyundai grill is really ruining things too.

    These powertrain options are abysmal for the performance enthusiast. The old Nu 2.0 engine was a fun little machine to drive. If you drove it in a reserved manner, you could see upwards of 50mpg on the highway. But when you needed the passing power, or just wanted to have some fun on those empty roads, it was more than willing to oblige you happily.

    These new cars are seriously underpowered in the name of economy. While I can understand it from one perspective, the options for a couple more ponies are fewer and farther between. At least we still have the old models. CAFE is killing me slowly.

  • RB

    They are doing this to us because of the new and seperate Genesis luxury brand badge they are working on, supposedly the “N” performance project. Now the lesser Hyundais are going to look boring and conservative like this.

  • John Adams1

    Surprised Hyundai you made a car slower than a Honda…

  • John Adams1

    Nah they are doing it in the name of socialism and their religion of “climate change”

  • Gary

    Beautiful. Looks like a Ford Fusion.

  • Michael Abrams

    Looks like a Toyota from the front corners, and has strange C pillars. Also, the way the front protrudes (especially at the sides), accidentally tap a high curb at the local strip mall, and you may have serious body damage. Does look like they are avoiding the CVT, which despite the otherwise ordinary specs, is a huge plus vs. Civic and Corolla. However, I think the driving enthusiasts will stick with their Mazdas and VW’s, If the real competitors are the Cruze and Focus, I’d have to take my chances with the Hyundai being more reliable. My 2007 Sonata, though far from perfect, now has 205K. With that in mind, I’m not a fan of small engines with turbos, at least not for my needs, so I’d take the standard 2.0L.

  • tristan50

    Sorry but I love the futuristic styling of my 2014 Limted much better then this new car.

  • Personally, I much prefer the “old” styling to the new. I especially dislike the gaping-maw grille.