Hyundai says its all-new Elantra small sedan boasts an interior comparable to what's offered in the medium car segment, while cabin quality and handling have also been substantially improved over the current model.
Revealed at an event at the company's Namyang headquarters in South Korea, Hyundai's new Elantra is also claimed to feature better refinement and noise suppression than before, consistent with the brand's moves to impart a more premium feel to its cars.
A slipperier shape is responsible for some of that extra refinement. With a coefficient of drag of just 0.27, wind noise is minimised while acoustic glass and low-profile windscreen wipers also help cut wind rustle.
Hyundai's signature hexagonal grill is on prominent display up front, and is flanked by narrow headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lamps. Higher-grade models also get a chrome grille surround as well as chrome beltline mouldings and door handles.
Measuring 25mm wider 20mm longer overall (though sharing the current model's 2700mm wheelbase), the new Elantra sports a more squat stance that alludes to what Hyundai claims is a sportier chassis underneath.
Suspension geometry has been revised to lift ride and handling performance, while the electric power steering has also been retuned for better feel. Expect Hyundai Australia to make further tweaks to the Elantra's underpinnings ahead of its local launch next year.
For the Korean market three engines have been confirmed: a 2.0 litre Atkinson-cycle petrol four with 110kW and 180Nm, a 1.6 litre direct-injected petrol with 97kW and 161Nm and a 1.6 litre turbo diesel with 100kW and 300Nm.
Six-speed manual, six-speed auto and seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmissions will be offered depending on specification, with power going to the front wheels in all variants.
Local specifications and pricing will be released closer to the Elantra's local arrival in 2016.
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