Hyundai Unveils 2017 Hyundai Elantra, Hopes To Woo Mainstream Market With Its Compact Sedan


The all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra is finally unwrapped at the Los Angeles Auto Show, bringing with it an outstanding design, new efficient powertrains, sophisticated safety technologies, smart technology and features and state-of-the-art connectivity and multimedia.

Deemed among the brand's all-time best-selling models, the brand new Elantra is already entering its sixth generation. Built in Montgomery, Alabama and Ulsan, South Korea, the car is slated to arrive at Hyundai dealers beginning January next year.

The 2017 Elantra is anticipated to obtain a five-star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Pick+ score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The new car sports the hexagonal grille signature of Hyundai from the front. Regarded as the firsts for this model, the 2017 Elantra rocks HID headlights with Dynamic Bending lights and exclusive vertical LED daytime running lights.

What will surely catch the interest of car enthusiasts is its stylish lower front fascia which incorporates useful front wheel air curtains. What even makes the exterior design more dazzling would be the new LED door handle approach lights, LED taillights which comes with high-tech graphics, side mirror LED turn signal indicators and its 17-inch alloy wheels. The car will also be marketed with eight exterior colors. Five of these colors are regarded as new to the model.

On the inside, this car gives you a 4.2-inch color TFT LCD instrument display for better functionality and visibility. Alongside its innovative Elantra seats covered in a choice of leather or cloth, the automobile also features a built-in memory system for the side mirrors and the power driver seat. Its rearview mirror posseses an auto-dimming capability which offers convenience to the driver. The legroom and headroom are also revamped for added ease to its riders.

The new Elantra houses an efficient powertrain meant to increase fuel efficiency. It comes packed with an Atkinson cycle-type engine which assists in lessening pumping loss by slowing down the close timing of the intake valve in its compression stroke. This can help in improving the expansion ratio.

What's noteworthy is that the car boasts a multitude of leading edge safety technologies. Among these include an Automative Emergency Braking which has the power to detect a pedestrian or vehicle. The  car also touts a hands-free Smart Trunk, allowing the trunk to open automatically when it detects a driver approaching the rear with hands full. It also has two superior infotainment systems: the 8.0-inch navigation system and the 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with a rearview camera.

In 2012, the Elantra was named "Car of the Year." And in 2014, JD Power ranked the car as one of the top three quality rated cars on the road.

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