Also unveiled in September as the Hyundai Avante for the Korean market, the new Elantra is the sixth generation of the model and brings new levels of efficiency, quietness and ride quality - according to Hyundai.
Safety is also on the carmaker’s list of improvements, and Hyundai is confident of obtaining the maximum 5-star safety rating from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Korean customers have a choice of two petrol-powered engines and one diesel powerplant. A 97kW/161Nm 1.6 litre petrol engine kicks off the range, joined by a 110kW/180Nm 2.0 litre unit and a 1.6 litre diesel making 100kW and 300Nm.
US customers also get the 2.0 litre petrol engine, but the smaller alternative is a turbocharged 1.4 litre unit producing 95kW and 211Nm.
A six-speed gearbox is the sole manual option for both the US and Korean markets, while a six-speed automatic and a dual-clutch seven-speed unit are the self-shifting options, depending on the model.
Style-wise, the new model evolves the look of the current Elantra as it wears the current Hyundai corporate ‘face’ including the hexagonal grille.
The exterior also features five new paint options for US buyers, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED door handle approach lights and mirror-mounted LED turn signals.
The small car has grown 20mm longer and 25mm wider in the 2016 model, but the 2700mm wheelbase of the current model carries over.
Inside, the Elantra comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for US customers and the small car also gets an infotainment touchscreen (seven- or eight-inch), an eight-speaker audio system, satellite navigation and a reversing camera, depending on the variant.
As mentioned, a quieter cabin was a key goal for Hyundai with the new Elantra and the carmaker says thicker door glass, additional sound-deadening in the pillars and new suspension bushes have all been fitted.
Underneath, the Elantra steps up to 53 percent high-strength steel compared with 21 percent in the outgoing model and the rear suspension has been redesigned.
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is set to arrive in local showrooms in Q1 of next year, with pricing and specifications yet to be confirmed.
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