The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has been unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, boasting an all-new design with sculpted body forms and smooth contoured lines.
Lighter and stiffer than the previous model, the new Elantra high-strength chassis is said to bring “improvements in vehicle ride and handling, quietness, durability and driving performance”.
Debuting with the new Elantra is a new 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 94kW and 211Nm. The new engine is paired with a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.
Also available will be a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine producing 108kW and 179Nm, matched with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
From the front, the new Elantra is defined by Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille. The car’s 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.
In addition, 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, Hyundai claims to have improved material quality with soft touch surfaces in key touch points. There’s also more interior space thanks to the new Elantra’s 203mm longer and 25mm wider exterior dimensions.