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An image allegedly showing the next-generation Hyundai Elantra has begun making its rounds. According to Indian Autos Blog, the Elantra (Hyundai Avante in South Korea) is expected to make its domestic debut some time in April 2015 before hitting the showroom floors in the middle of the year.

With that said, we’re not exactly sure if the case is as straightforward as it appears with multiple sources claiming that this could be the Korean-spec Hyundai i40. Upon closer inspection, the aesthetic details aft of the head lamps do mirror the i40 from the angular, block-like side mirrors to its pronounced shoulder line.

Whether or not this pans out to be true, we’ll know when the time comes. For now, all this points to a vastly restyled Elantra for the future. In place of its softer curves are more angular lines evident in the rather chunky head lamp assemblies and large, trapezoidal front grille – flanked by vertical LED daytime running lights.

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Comparisons between the alleged leaked shot and spyshots of the next-gen Hyundai Elantra do give away a number of relations. For instance, the front end shows a similar head lamp design, albeit slightly wider than it is on the camouflaged mule. Right below on each side, a pair of vertical slats are in place of where the LED DRLs currently reside in the leaked photo. Elsewhere, horizontal steel slats are embedded into the grille.

At the rear of the camo’ed test mule, one might be able to notice the subtle lip spoiler poking out from beneath. The rear lamps appear to a lot wider compared to the ones found on the current model, as well. Should that be the case, expect them to ape the stocky-looking head lamps as illustrated in the leaked photo.

As for powertrain options, the new Elantra is expected to feature a range of both diesel and petrol engines from Hyundai’s CRDi and GDI/T-GDI (turbocharged) umbrella. Likely candidates would include the 1.6 litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the third-generation Hyundai Tucson crossover. In this application, the mill pumps out 175 PS and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch or a six-speed manual transmission.

GALLERY: Next-generation Hyundai Elantra spyshots


GALLERY: Hyundai i40 facelift