Hyundai Motor Co. pulled the wraps off a redesigned Elantra compact sedan that gets more mature, streamlined styling, higher engine output and better fuel economy.
The sixth-generation of the mainstay small car also delivers better driving dynamics, through greater use of lightweight high-strength steel and an overhauled suspension system.
Engineers also aimed to dampen noise and vibration with reworked windscreen wipers, thickened door glass and rear-wheel insulation, the South Korean carmaker said in a release.
The Elantra is Hyundai’s best-selling nameplate in the U.S., with sales up 10 percent to 173,238 vehicles through August. Hyundai’s efforts to refine the ride are part of its push to up its game in perceived quality and handling.
“It is not only through great design that the all-new Elantra improves on its predecessors,” Hyundai said. “The compact sedan’s power output, fuel-efficiency, comfort and safety features have all been upgraded, with extensive use of new technology to set a higher standard of refinement.”
Yang Woong-Chul, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor Group’s r&d unit, unveiled the redesigned Elantra during a ceremony today at the company’s Namyang technical center outside Seoul.
Hyundai said the next generation is loaded with high-tech upgrades, including a memory seat that remembers a driver’s preferred seating position, autonomous emergency braking, automatic dimming of high-beam lights and blind-spot detection. It also gets rear cross-traffic alert and a hands-free auto-opening trunk.