|The Hyundai Elantra, in its sixth-generation guise, has been previewed at the ongoing LA Auto Show, with a 2017 VMY designation.|
Assembled in both Montgomery, AL and Ulsan, South Korea, the 2017 Elantra distinguishes itself from the compact car class with the addition of a segment-first premium convenience and safety technologies, and is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from authorities in due time.
The new Elantra projects confidence with sculpted body forms, complemented by smooth contoured lines that reveal the compact’s underlying inspiration. From the front, the new Elantra is defined by Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille that projects a distinctive character when combined with its modern lighting signatures, including available HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights and unique vertical LED DRLs; which are firsts for Elantra. The compact’s sporty lower front fascia integrates functional front wheel air curtains, a component that is derived from the Sonata Hybrid that helps manage air flow from the front of the vehicle and around the wheels to minimize turbulence and wind resistance. Additionally, the elements made up of the underbody covers, an aerodynamic rear bumper bottom spoiler and rear decklid, designed with an expanded trunk edge, contribute to Elantra’s 0.27 coefficient of drag.
On the inside, the Elantra continues to depict a modern driver-oriented design that is optimized for intuitive control, improved interior roominess, high-quality materials and premium technology features. The contemporary interior design integrates premium soft-touch materials in key touch points and high-tech details to create an inviting and comfortable interior environment for driver and passengers. Highlights include 4.2-inch touchscreen display, ample intuitive switches, heated front and rear seats, 60/40 split folding rear seats, improved headroom and foot rest areas, and more.
The standard engine available on the base SE and Limited trim is a 2.0-liter Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine, matched to a 6-speed auto transmission, producing a peak 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 178 Nm (132 lb. ft.) of torque at 4,500 rpm (estimated). Furthermore, this engine features a high compression ratio of 12.5. Other enhancements include intermediate valve cam phasing, high energy ignition coils, a new electronically controlled thermostat and piston cooling jets; all contributing up to a 2.2 percent increase in efficiency.
The 2017 Elantra for the U.S.A. offers the next-generation Hyundai Blue Link system with enhanced safety, service and infotainment telematics. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start w/ Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery.
Roll out of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is expected for January, next year.