Spied: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Spied: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Pictures seemingly taken inside of a Hyundai factory have given us the best look yet at the next-gen Elantra.

The Elantra (which is called Avante in a handful of global markets) adopts a more upscale design characterized by elongated headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, a hexagonal (and almost Audi-like) grille and a sculpted hood. Like the bigger Genesis, the new Elantra is heavily influenced by Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.

The overall silhouette appears to carry over from the current model with only minor modifications. Out back, the sedan gets horizontal tail lamps and a discreet spoiler integrated into the trunk lid.

Inside, Hyundai’s newest compact benefits from a much cleaner-looking design. Notable features include a more upright and slightly driver-oriented center console and a new three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. The next Elantra will be more tech-focused than ever, and buyers will be able to order the car with electronic driving aids like blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

According to enthusiast website The Korean Car Blog, the 2017 Elantra will launch with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will send 175 horsepower to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Other engines will be added to the lineup, but full technical details won’t be published until the beginning of the Los Angeles show.

Set to arrive as a 2017 model, the new Elantra will be presented to the public for the first time in November at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

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