Hyundai Launches 2017 Elantra, On Sale In Spring
The auto show in Los Angeles is in full swing, and Hyundai have been very active there, with the 2017 Elantra being their latest model to be officially unveiled.
This latest version of the Elantra 4-door sedan is different in a lot of ways, from the design to the technology and safety features offered.
The 2017 Elantra sees Hyundai going for a more upscale look, which is what many of their competitors in this competitive category are also trying to achieve.
2017 Elantra exterior design changes
The larger hexagonal grille is very similar to what we now routinely see on newer Hyundai models, such as the Genesis and Tucson.
A new lighting set-up is also in place, and the high-intensity discharge headlights are also available in adaptive mode, which essentially allows them to “see” around bends in the road.
Hyundai set out to make this model a little more athletic looking, which that have done by adding some length and width to the body.
LED’s are found all over, including the taillights, puddle lights, and turn signals.
There are also some new exterior colors to choose from in this model year.
A look inside the new Hyundai Elantra 4-door sedan
As was the case with the outgoing model, the spacious interior has led the EPA to give the Elantra redesign the midsize label, just as they did with the 2016 versions of the Corolla and the Civic.
Amore upscale feel is delivered via the use of soft-touch materials. The multimedia screen has been tilted in a way that makes it easier for the driver to view and interact with it.
The base system is excellent, but a couple of options – 7-inch screen with backup camera, and 8-inch with navigation – are also available. Other tech features include USB outlets for charging, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio.
Standard 2,0L engine, 1.4L turbo coming in spring
Buyers looking to get behind the wheel of the Elantra in January are going to have to settle for the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The 2.0-liter engine delivers nice numbers, though, with an expected 29/38/33 mpg city/highway/combined rating.
As mentioned that will be the only engine option until spring, when a second option will be made available.
When spring rolls around, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco will be made available.
That model will feature a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine mated to a 7-speed DCT, with an expected fuel efficiency rating of around 35 mpg.
All Elantra models will be made available with the Eco, Normal, and Sport selectable driving modes.
Safety first for the Elantra redesign
Vehicle dynamics, as well as NVH levels, are all improved thanks to this change. A redesigned rear suspension is also a major factor in these improvements.
As always, Hyundai has put an emphasis on safety. Structural reinforcements up front will help in the event of a collision, as will the addition of a driver’s knee airbag.
An autonomous braking system is available, as is a collision warning system, both of which are excellent safety features.
Other available systems for the 2017 Elantra include rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane keeping assist.