The brand-new 2016 Hyundai Elantra has been unveiled today during a special ceremony at the company’s main research and development centre in Namyang, South Korea.
The latest evolution of Hyundai’s trapezoidal grille design reaches across the face of this new Elantra, flanked by sharp, slender new headlights with integrated LED daytime lamps.
The new grille is shown here in black and silver versions, alongside a number of wheel sizes and designs.
Fans of the outgoing Elantra’s profile will appreciate this new model, with a long flowing roofline and fast-rising belt-line on show once more - this time above broader and lightly flared wheel arches that present a more sporting stance.
The sloping D-pillar ends at a light integrated boot lip, with long deep-red LED tail lamps and a subtle rear bumper design rounding out the exterior highlights.
Despite the similar styling, this new Elantra is 20mm longer and - thanks in part to those meatier guards - 25mm wider than the previous model. The wheelbase remains unchanged at 2700mm.
The cabin, shown in just one image with today’s release, reveals a utilitarian Sonata-inspired dash design, with a no-nonsense top edge leading across to a broad main display and driving controls.
The interior view is rounded out with lightly bolstered seats, finished in a blue trim with contrast white stitching and perforated inserts.
Under the skin, Hyundai promises a significantly redesigned suspension geometry that improves both ride comfort and handling, and steering likewise promises a smoother and more responsive feel through the wheel.
As with all modern Hyundai models, Australian models will again benefit from the company’s local tuning program.
The local powertrain spread is still to be confirmed, but, in South Korea, the Avante will be offered with 110kW/180Nm Atkinson-cycle 2.0-litre and 97kW/161Nm 1.6 litre petrol engines, along with a 100kW/300Nm 1.6 litre turbo-diesel option.
Depending on the engine and model grade, the new Elantra/Avante will be offered in South Korea with six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions.
Safety highlights in the Elantra’s home market will include seven airbags, lane departure warning, smart high-beam assist and smart cruise control.
Watch for more on the new Elantra to be revealed between now and its proper global premiere at November’s Los Angeles motor show.