The all new 2017 Hyundai Elantra has finally been launched after a very long wait and we have to say that it looks far better than we anticipated. On top of the new exterior and interior designs, the car comes with new engines as well as it is based on an all new platform. This includes 20% more high strength steel and certain components have been made out of aluminum so the car lost a bit of weight but more importantly, its chassis is a lot stiffer now.
Thanks to this Hyundai even declared that they are going for top marks in its crash test which would make it the first in its class to do so. Briefly, the biggest changes are the new pair of engines and refreshed design.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra is using two new engines. The base model as well as the sportier versions actually get the more powerful engine which is a bit unusual. This is a 2 liter direct injected naturally aspirated inline 4 petrol engine which is capable of 147 horsepower and around 150 lb-ft of torque. It may not sound like much but take into account that the Elantra weighs less than 2,700 pounds and it has one of the best drag coefficients in its class at only 0.28. The models equipped with this engine will use either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic.
|The Engine range|
|Type||2.0-liter Nu MPI Atkinson 4-cylinder engine|
|Output||147 HP @ 6.200 RPM|
|Torque||132 LB-FT @ 4.500 RPM|
|Fuel comsup.||29 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg|
The ECO version of the car on the other hand will get something a bit more interesting. This will get Hyundai’s own 1.4 liter turbocharged inline 4 which will offer 128 horsepower and actually more torque than the 2 liter engine. This will come as standard with a more complex 7 speed dual-clutch automatic which should make better use of the extra torque. In terms of fuel consumption, the larger 2 liter engine has already been rated at 32 MPG on average but the 1.4 liter unit will be the star here with an expected average of more than 35 MPG!
2017 Hyundai Elantra Redesign – Changes & Updates
The exterior design changed a lot as well and the car looks a lot nicer than before. It is 1 inch wider and longer but just as tall as before so it looks better proportioned. On top of that, the front end received the same hexagonal grille as the Tucson and similarly slim headlights and vertically mounted fog-lamps. As standard the car will come with alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights. Further upgrades will include 18 inch wheels as well as Xenon headlights.
The extra exterior dimensions mean that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is roomier inside the cabin. There is more leg and headroom, both in the front and at the back. On top of that, the dashboard received an all new design which even on the base model boasts a 4.2 inch LCD screen which displays information about the infotainment system. The higher end versions get a larger screen, climate control, leather upholstery as well as a couple of USB chargers, a really nice addition for its class.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Price & Release date
While it has already been released at the Los Angeles Auto Show and most of the details about it have been revealed there are still a few unknown factors left. It seems that the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra will be released on the market in the early 2016 and when it will hit the market, the price will start at roughly $18,000 which would make it an incredibly good value for money car.
The top of the range model will cost a lot more than that but the car will still not get past $22,500 which is still very good considering it will come better equipped than most other family sedan in that price range.
The biggest competitors are Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze.
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