Korean automaker Hyundai has previewed its upcoming all-new Elantra in this single artists rendering, showing a more mature and sophisticated design for the brand's small sedan.
With an official unveiling that's "just around the corner" (the Frankfurt Motor Show is the hot tip), the new Elantra is set to go on sale in Australia next year. Precise specifications have yet to be finalised, but will be revealed closer to its launch.
Sporting design cues from Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" design language, the new Elantra will feature a bold hexagonal grille, distinctive LED light tube daytime running lights and chrome beltline trim to give it a more upmarket appearance.
In other words, it won't look like an i30 with a bigger booty. If anything, it should ape the style of the Genesis large sedan.
It appears to be winning fans already. According to recent focus group testing, the design of the new Elantra was ranked ahead of key rivals in the small sedan class such as the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3.
According to Hyundai's design chief Peter Schreyer, the new Elantra's design places it "in a class of its own".
"The subtle and innovative appearance enhancements reflect Hyundai’s vision for design," he said.
"Furthermore, this car indicates a move from traditional to modern styling by communicating the new model’s comfort, fashion and sporty feel."
More information will be revealed as the official unveiling draws near.
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