2017 Hyundai Elantra Next Generation Changes

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is going to be introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show this November and the first units of the sixth-generation Elantra are expected to hit the American roads sometime during 2016.

When someone says Elantra, probably the first thing that crosses your mind is a compact sedan, but the 2017 Elantra will come in various flavors. Reportedly, aside from the standard sedan incarnation, the next-gen Elantra will also come as a hatchback and maybe even as a coupe.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

What Do We Know Before Los Angeles Premiere?

The South Korean automaker became a well-established automotive company that doesn’t have to make lots of strange experiments while developing a new model. That’s why the 2017 Elantra got everything good, but it also benefits from the substantial improvements. Although the American public will be introduced to the sedan at the upcoming LA Auto Show, thanks to the Korean premiere we can name the changes that make the new Elantra more attractive than the previous one.

2017 Elantra Rear End

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior Changes

Despite the fact that the 2017 model remained almost the same size – it is 0.79” longer and 0.87” wider – the cabin provides more comfort. In a way, everything about the new Elantra is structured towards the driver and passengers. Crafted with more refinement and developed with comfort in mind, the interior is loaded with quality materials. Of course, this doesn’t mean that buying a 2017 Hyundai Elantra is the same as having a Rolls-Royce Suhail Collection, but you can be sure that you can get lots of quality at a reasonable price.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

In order to improve the cabin experience, the automaker worked on noise reduction. They made numerous tweaks that, in sum, reduce the noise inside the car.

Noise-vibration-harshness levels in dB:

  •  Idle
    • Steering Wheel – 107
    • Floor – 97
  • Acceleration Noise – 75
  • Idle Booming – 52
  • Road Noise (FRT/RR) – 64

They did their best to make the new generation as attractive as never before. The 2017 Elantra is coming with significantly improved safety and driver assistance features and a premium Harman audio system that delivers crystal clear sound using its eight strategically-positioned speakers.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Debut

Body and Suspension Improvements

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra lost some weight. As all the other automakers today, the Seoul-based automaker used high-strength steel, so this should result in decreased body weight, but also in better performance. Speaking of the new Elantra’s performance, its suspension has been improved. Reportedly, the suspension system suffered a thorough revamp, so the sedan will probably have more stability and the ride should be noticeably smoother.

2017 Elantra Side View

U.S.-spec Model Engine Options

As for the powertrain options, the 2017 Elantra has been made to suit a broad range of engines, since it’s going to appear on various markets. Although there might be a diesel variant, the U.S.-spec model is probably going to be motivated by 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines – one naturally aspirated and the other will be turbocharged.

Although in Korea seven-speed DCT (Double Clutch Transmission) is available with a diesel engine only, while six-speed automatic and six-speed manual are standard, it’s expected that it will have priority over the other two gearboxes on the American market.

2017 Elantra Next-gen

2017 Hyundai Elantra Premiere

The 2017 Elantra will be introduced in the U.S. at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, as we already said. Unfortunately, they won’t release it immediately after the premiere, so we must be patient until the release that’s probably scheduled for 2016.

Photos: Hyundai Motor Company

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