2017 Elantra Sedan

Having been introduced in Korea, the sixth-generation Hyundai Elantra has now made its way on to American soil for an official unveiling at the 2015 LA Auto Show. The C-segment Elantra, which is now a tad larger in size, is expected to compete against the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla.

Design-wise, the Elantra features Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design all around. In front, complementing that hexagonal grille are HID headlamps with Dynamic Bending Lights. Vertical LED daytime running lights are located on both ends of the bumper, while the Korean models, have the DRLs located in the headlamps itself. Wheel air curtains derived from the Sonata Hybrid are also present at the front end.

In the back, the Elantra gets LED rear lamps, an aerodynamic rear bumper spoiler and a rear decklid with an expanded trunk edge which adds to its low 0.27 drag coefficient. On the side, the sedan features LED door handle approach lights, side mirrors with LED turn signals and 17-inch wheels.

Sitting beneath the hood of the base SE and Limited trim, is a 2.0 litre Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine that produces 147 hp at 6,200 rpm and 179 Nm at 4,500 rpm. The SE comes with a sole six-speed manual transmission, while the Limited trim receives a six-speed automatic gearbox as an alternative to the manual.

2017 Elantra Sedan

A new turbocharged 1.4 litre Kappa GDI four-cylinder mill is reserved for the Elantra Eco trim, which will only be available in the States by the end of the first quarter of 2016. Paired to an EcoShift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, it produces 128 hp at 5,500 rpm and 211 Nm of torque from 1,400 rpm to 3,700 rpm.

The Elantra is lighter and more rigid than the fifth-gen model. Now with 53% more advanced high-strength steel used, the torsional rigidity is 29.5% stiffer and with 25.3% greater bending strength, all of these contribute to better NVH and handling. Suspension-wise, the front gets macpherson struts with coils and gas-infused absorbers and a torsion beam rear axle. Motor-Driven Power Steering (MPDS) is standard as well.

Inside, soft-touch materials are used. The driver is greeted with a 4.2-inch colour TFT LCD instrument display and a drive mode select button comprising Eco, Normal and Sport, located on the centre console. In addition, it features heated power seats with memory and side mirrors, dual-zone climate control, an auto defogging system and an auto dimming rear view mirror.

Front seats are fitted with high-tension lightweight steel frames and a multi-firmness seat pad. All front and rear seats are available in leather or cloth, made from SoyFoam – an eco-friend seating foam that replaces petroleum-based polyol with hydroxyl-functionalised soybean oil. The Elantra’s interior gets a total of seven airbags, including a new driver’s knee airbag.

The sedan comes ready with iPhone/USB and aux input jacks and satellite radio. A standard seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen with rearview camera is featured, while an eight-inch one with navigation can be opted for. Also stock is an eight-speaker Infinity system that includes a centre speaker and a subwoofer and Harman’s patented Clari-Fi music restoration technology.

The Elantra gets the usual safety systems – electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, traction control, ABS and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Other safety tech includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist and Lane Keep Assist.

Hyundai’s Blue Link system is also available for the US-market Elantra. Features such as remote start, climate control activation, remote lock and unlock, car finder, enhanced roadside assist and stolen vehicle recovery are a few of the functions. Three packages can be opted for, this includes a Connected Car, Remote and Guidance pack.

GALLERY: 2017 Hyundai Elantra at the 2015 LA Auto Show