2017 Hyundai Elantra unveiled, on sale in Australia Q1 2016

Brett Davis

Hyundai has unveiled the “all-new” 2017 Elantra at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It showcases a sharp new exterior design, instantly recognisable by the company’s new signature hexagonal grille layout.

2017 Hyundai Elantra

Overall, the 2017 Elantra is 203mm longer and 25mm wider than the model it replaces. This means there is more cabin space. In fact, the US EPA now classes the car as a mid-sizer, competing with the likes of the Honda Civic.

Inside is a more driver-focused cabin design with higher quality materials, including soft-touch areas, as well as a wide layout for the instrument panel. The driver gets a 4.2-inch TFT LCD display, while the main dash fascia is slightly tilted at seven degrees toward the driver.

Noise and vibration levels have been improved, and chassis rigidity has increased by 29.5 per cent with 25.3 per cent greater bending strength. This helps to improve not only ride and handling, but also quietness and durability, Hyundai says.

Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre producing 110kW and 179Nm, offering a combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.1L/100km. A special ‘Eco’ variant will come with a 1.4-litre turbo generating 95kW and 211Nm, offering a consumption of 6.7L/100km. The 2.0 uses a six-speed manual or auto, while the Eco 1.4 gets a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

In terms of clever technologies, the 2017 Elantra introduces a hands-free Smart Trunk system for the boot lid, Dynamic Bending headlights, and Smart Cruise Control using radar sensors. A 7.0-inch and 8.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system will also be offered, depending on variant, with Pandora, real-time Sirius Travel Link, and Eyes Free Siri applications.

Hyundai Australia says the new model will arrive locally during the first quarter of 2016. Local specifications, features and prices are yet to be confirmed.

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