The big news for Hyundai at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show was the debut of the redesigned, sixth-generation 2017 Hyundai Elantra. The latest version of Hyundai’s best-selling model gains 20 mm of length and 5 mm of height over the current model and has a distinct family resemblance to the Sonata, with smooth sides, a steeply sloping rear roofline, Hyundai’s familiar-looking hexagonal grille up front, and LED headlights that Hyundai president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer says are “shaped to give the car an alert expression.”
Power for most models comes from a new 2.0L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine with multi-port injection, producing 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options include either a six-speed manual or a new six-speed automatic that Hyundai says is 4.4 percent more efficient than the previous automatic. Combined with the car’s front wheel air curtains, full underbody cover and exceptionally low 0.27 coefficient of drag, the new Elantra promises to deliver significant fuel economy improvements.
For those seeking the ultimate in efficiency there will also be an Eco model featuring 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a dual-clutch transmission. Hyundai vice president Mike O’Brien also promised that a powerful Sport model will be introduced later next year.
Inside, Hyundai continues its tradition of providing segment-leading features, including available driver’s seat memory system, adaptive cruise control, Infinity premium audio, and hands-free proximity trunk. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection with auto braking, lane keeping assist and more, allowing Hyundai to aim for a Top Safety Pick+ rating.
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