Hyundai’s new-generation Elantra, expected to make its global debut in Korea next month, has surfaced online today in a new leaked photo.
The small new sedan was last seen testing in January, wrapped in heavy camouflage and battling snow-covered roads during cold-weather testing.
This new shot, obtained by website Indian Autos Blog, offers the first ‘official’ look at the next Elantra, revealing its new front-end styling.
As expected, the 2016 model’s grille reveals that Hyundai’s family face will move in the direction of the new Tucson SUV, its open-top design replacing the full-frame look featured with the recently facelifted i30 and i40 models.
And, although only recently launched in Australia, we can likely expect the new Sonata to take on a similar look with its first facelift sometime in 2016 or 2017.
Again like the 2016 Tucson, the new Elantra also features a simplified headlight design, doing away with the wave-like styling of the current model’s lamps.
A tall character line can be seen streaking across the new Elantra’s profile, and TMR’s own spy photos reveal that we can expect a couple-like profile and high rear deck - not unlike the shape of the current model.
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.