2021 Hyundai Elantra teased ahead of March 17 debut

2021 Hyundai Elantra teased ahead of March 17 debut

Hyundai has announced the imminent debut of the seventh-generation Elantra, which will celebrate its global premiere on March 17 at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood, California. With more than 13.8 million units sold since the model was introduced in 1990, the Elantra (also known as the Avante in selected markets) is Hyundai’s best-selling car globally, and the latest redesign is a bold one.

To go along with the announcement, the Korean carmaker has also released several teasers of its latest C-segment model, giving us an early look at its styling. Following the theme of “Parametric Dynamics,” the all-new Elantra adopts a more coupe-like roofline to give it a more dynamic look that does have a hint of the current Honda Civic FC to it.

However, the Elantra’s side profile is a lot bolder by comparison thanks to the polyhedral shapes found on its body, with the most obvious being those seen on the doors. From the angle, we also get to see the car’s sleek headlamps, along with additional crease line that lead into the rear taillights. Also interesting the shape of the rear decklid that appears to double as a subtle spoiler.

In a separate video uploaded by the carmaker, we get glimpses of the sedan’s front end, which appears to be inspired by the eight-generation Sonata, as it sports a wide grille that blends into the lighting clusters. As for the rear, the angular taillights are linked by a full-width light bar that runs in between the Hyundai badge and model script.

2021 Hyundai Elantra teased ahead of March 17 debut

Just like the exterior, the new Elantra’s interior is radical departure from the seventh-gen it replaces. Hyundai calls it the “Immersive Cocoon,” and it is meant to create a driver-focused user experience. Minimalistic in appearance, the driver and front passenger zones are divided by a trim piece that originates from the centre console and continues to below the red-accented slim air vents and into door cards, forming the “cocoon” mentioned.

Meanwhile, the dashboard accommodates two integrated displays and notable touch points include low-mounted door handles, a new steering wheel not unlike that in the Optima and sizeable gear selector. From the front passenger’s point of view, there also appears to be a small storage cubby underneath the centre console.

The carmaker says the new Elantra comes with “longer, lower and wider than ever proportions,” but has yet to reveal official figures. Also unknown are the powertrain options that will be made available, but expect a host of different Smartstream petrol engines and even a possible plug-in hybrid option. We’ll only know more in a few days’ time, so stay tuned.

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Lolwhut? on Mar 11, 2020 at 10:24 am

    So what’s with the Accord front, Lexus rear, and BMW interior?

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    • Kerajaan Pintu Belakang on Mar 11, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      What a wonderful design. No wonder they can sell 8 million cars globally.

      Hyundai first car rolled out in 1974, just 10 years before Proton rolled out their first car in 1984.

      And yet, one company can sell 8 million cars and another company can only sell 50,000 cars.

      8 million vs 50,000 – hard work really pays

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      • Fake News on Mar 11, 2020 at 10:57 pm

        Fake News. Hyundai was a Billion Dollar company by the time they rolled out their first car, compared to Proton only had RM100million at that time. If Proton had the same resources as Hyundai, they would be a greater success as they have hardworking and dedicated workers.

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      • Edwin L on Mar 11, 2020 at 11:06 pm

        I am amazed that some are so proud of this so-called Korean car when it is really just a Made by China car, without China this car won’t be produced (https://paultan.org/2020/02/04/hyundai-suspends-south-korea-production-due-to-china-parts-shortage-disruption-from-coronavirus/). If I were a fanboy, I would be ashamed to be proud of this fake Korean made car.

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  • granny on Mar 11, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Hyundai Elantra hasnt been a pretty car nor a fun car.

    How about this? if got HEV then it might drive livelier.

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  • Looks like shooting brake

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  • Swatch on Mar 11, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Habisla Civic. If this comes here with more tech and safety

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    • anuat on Mar 11, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      if got more tech then just wait another 10 years maybe..b’cos gov people hardly understand high tech car before they can approve it..even in 2020 still can accept car with no 3rd brake light on the road..so stupid

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  • Ben Yap on Mar 11, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    even the elantra also want to copy the design cues of the civic FC. that clearly shows how Honda has been a trend-setter until other manufacturers have to copy the successful civic FC.

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  • Wow, not even toyota n nissan hv an answer to the all-mighty civic ( mazda 3 hv moved up an inch up premium section due to price)

    looks good

    1.6 turbo with DCT as standard, nothing less if it wants to be taken seriously

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