Hyundai has today revealed the sixth-generation Elantra in Korea, which would be called 'Avante' in the home country. The revealing was done after months of teasing and spy shots, and Hyundai promises a sharper looking and more premium sedan in the form of the all-new Elantra. The Korean revealing is done ahead of the global debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November this year.
The Elantra, especially in India, has been one of the best looking products, and the latest generation seems even more posh. Hyundai has moved over the Fluidic design ethos for the Elantra and converted the newer sedan to a more sleeker and simpler machine, which the company calls the new direction "Modern Premium."
Starting from the exteriors, there's a big hexagonal grill upfront that grabs instant attention, flanked by much sleeker and squinting headlights on each side. Hyundai has given the boomerang shaped enclosure to the fog lamps this time, which makes it stand out in the crowd. While the side profile is a bit simple and boring, the rear, like front is dynamic. The narrowing tail lights are stretched horizontally across the trunk.
Hyundai has also played with the dimensions this time and the updated Elantra is low and wide now. The new model is atleast 20 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the previous-generation Elantra, ensuring more space inside the cabin. And the fiddling with dimensions are not done on the cost of the safety and the body is more durable and rigid now, with 32% more advanced high-strength steel compared to the original Elantra.
When it comes to interiors, Hyundai has taken a giant leap forward in terms of class-leading convenience and safety features. The new Elantra comes with an Integrated Memory Seat (IMS) function, and a Smart key operated Smart Trunk function. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), High Beam Assist (HBA), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are other added features.
"The Elantra has set forth new standards for global compact-size sedans in each generation. With the pursuit to achieve world's best technology, the newly introduced All-new Elantra was developed with concerted efforts of all our employees at Hyundai Motor," said Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group's R&D Center.
"The All-new Elantra incorporating Hyundai Motor's full capacity will not only provide innovative experiences and values to customers worldwide but also lay the foundation to regain momentum amidst difficulties surrounding the automobile industry," added Yang during the All-new Elantra unveiling at the Namyang R&D Center, Hyundai HQ, Korea.