We've visited a number of car factories over the years, and there's nearly always one condition of entry: "hand over your phones and cameras".
Security is always extra tight when there's something special trundling down the assembly line, so it's surprising that these photos of a completely undisguised 2016 Hyundai Elantra have found their way onto the internet prior to its official unveiling.
Taken at one of Hyundai's South Korean plants and published on Korean website Auto Tribune, the photos show that the new Elantra (shown here in Korean-market Avante AD form) is surprisingly faithful to the teaser imagery released last week.
The wheel designs are scaled down to a more production-car-friendly size, of course, but the contouring, headlamp clusters, bumper shape and cutlines are all the same.
The teaser rendering certainly looks moodier, but is proportionally about the same as the production car.
The leaked photos also show the new Elantra's tail for the first time, revealing LED tail-lamps with three rhombus-like graphics apiece and an integrated bootlip spoiler. In many respects, it's like a scaled-down Sonata from the rear.
The Elantra gets a more restrained three-spoke steering wheel and more compact centre console, however, as befits its smaller size.
An 8-inch touchscreen will be available on upper-grade models.
Mechanically, we can expect the new Elantra to include a 1.6 litre direct-injected GDi petrol engine as well as six-speed manual and six-speed twin-clutch transmission options.
Auto Tribune reports a 1.4 litre turbo may also join the range, while some markets may receive a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated petrol.
We should see the new Elantra make its formal debut sometime next month, with more details to be released then.
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[Source: Auto Tribune]
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