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Tony O'Kane | Jan, 19 2015 | 0 Comments

With the current Elantra set to turn six years old next year, Hyundai is hard at work on a brand-new replacement for its small sedan.

Camouflaged prototypes have been spotted undergoing cold-weather testing in Germany, where Hyundai's European product development centre is located.

The camo obscures most details, but the roofline suggests the current car's sleek silhouette will stay.

Expect the rest of the bodywork to channel Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" design language, which was first employed by the current Genesis sedan.

The styling should be bolder and less organic than the current model, and project a more businesslike appearance.

And like the Genesis, industry pundits expect the new Elantra to come with a more premium look and feel. That means a more sober interior with higher levels of equipment, as well as an increase in material quality.

The engine line-up will also be revised, though don't expect anything more exotic than a 1.8 litre direct-injected petrol motor for Australia - or potentially a 'big block' 2.0 litre petrol to sit alongside the i30 SR.

Other markets may get turbo-diesel and small-displacement turbo petrol options, and a hybrid may eventuate for North America.

Expect to see the new Elantra shed its camouflage later this year before going on sale overseas as a 2016 model. A replacement timeline for the Australian-market Elantra has yet to be announced.

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