Hyundai India is preparing to replace the Elantra with a much improved 2017 model. Not that the existing Elantra is getting outdated; as a matter of fact, it’s among the higher selling cars in the D-segment thanks to its striking looks and a ton of features. Now, the Korean automaker is looking to up the ante by introducing the 2017 Elantra which we first encountered at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Looking totally different from the existing Elantra, this 2017 model is a result of Hyundai adopting a new design language instead of the brand’s traditional Fluidic design theme.
This explains why the 2017 Elantra mimics the bigger Genesis luxury sedan, with its large hexagonal grille, sweptback LED headlights and C-shaped fog lamp housing.
New design touches on the sides include diamond-cut alloy wheels, wing mirrors and a new side crease that runs above the door handles. India-spec model is likely to have a different ride height though.
At the back, the tail lamps are different and are noticeably slimmer than before while the boot lid is new as well. Do not miss the edgy detailing on the brake lights.
The 2017 Elantra is longer, wider and taller than before. That said, the wheelbase remains the same but Hyundai is promising more interior space for this new model.
The cabin design seems to be inspired by the one in the Sonata if we look at the driver-centric dashboard and the centre binnacle. The highlighting feature here is the 8-inch JBL infotainment system.
Globally, there’s a 130bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol, a 147bhp 2-litre unit or a 1.6-litre diesel engine. Hyundai India is expected to launch the 2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines for the local market.