Exterior-wise, the new Elantra is defined by Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille that projects a distinctive character when combined with the lighting signatures, including available HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights and unique vertical LED DRLs. Additionally, Elantra’s sporty lower front fascia integrates functional front wheel air curtains, a component 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.
At the side, a sleek bodyside character line accentuates a sweeping side window silhouette and striking side profile. Available premium features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED door handle approach lights, side mirror LED turn signal indicators and LED taillights with high tech graphics add a level of details to this class-above compact sedan. From the rear, 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.
Inside, the Elantra continues to depict a modern, driver-oriented design optimized for intuitive control, improved interior roominess, high-quality materials and premium technology features. The wide design of the instrument panel provides a feeling of spaciousness and is available with a 4.2-inch color TFT LCD instrument display for improved driver visibility and functionality. Meantime, the rest of the center stack is laid out in a horizontal design with buttons and controls placed in logical groups by function, and a slight seven degree tilt toward the driver for optimal ergonomics.
Available premium convenience features such as a segment-first integrated memory system for the power driver seat and side mirrors, dual automatic temperature control with auto defogging system and auto-dimming rearview mirror further enhance driving comfort, along with advanced ergonomic front seats. The front seats feature high-tension lightweight seat frames for improved performance in collisions, and a multi-firmness seat pad to help reduce driver fatigue over long distances.
In fact, all of Elantra’s seats, covered in either cloth or available leather, are made of SoyFoam, an environmentally friendly seating foam that substitutes petroleum based polyol with hydroxyl-functionalized soybean oil and optimizes the formulation/process to maximize mechanical performance. For added comfort and convenience, passengers enjoy available heated front and rear seats with a versatile 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Elantra also offers class-above total interior volume with improved front and rear headroom.
To reduce sound from the engine, a hood insulator is equipped on the majority of Elantras, as well as reduced size of the aperture on the front dash panel by 25 percent, increased the thickness of the front door window glass and additional sound absorption materials in all pillars, inner fenders and floorpan. In an effort to further improve NVH characteristics, applied plastic and rubber bushings are applied to the front sub-frame. At the same time, the design team had increased the bushings size of the lower control arm.
The 2017 Elantra is lighter than the outgoing version, and its rigid chassis is now reinforced with 53 percent advanced high-strength steel compared with 21 percent from its predecessor, providing improved stiffness at a lower body weight.
A bunch of interior and driver’s assistance systems highlights for the Elantra include: Smart Trunk, Clari-Fi music restoration technology, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.
Starting at $17,150, the new Elantra is offered in eight exterior colors.