The 2017 Hyundai Elantra (Avante) has made its debut at the 2017 LA Motor Show. The vehicle is big on style and comes loaded with tech.
Korean automaker Hyundai had showcased the all-new Elantra in Korea in the recent past and now the company has revealed the US-spec version of the sedan at the 2015 LA Motor Show. In the American market, the Elantra will be sold under the Avante name plate. While the Elantra is known as a premium D-segment sedan in India, in the US market it is merely a compact sedan since there are far bigger sedans available in that market and the positioning of vehicles in their market is completely different from ours.
Hyundai claims that the vehicle comes with some segment-first safety features and the Avante has also got a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On the looks front, the US-spec Elantra is slightly different than the one showcased in Korea. It comes with a chrome grille and LED DRLs. There are also front wheel air curtains incorporated which help minimise drag and turbulence and the Elantra claims a drag coefficient of 0.27.
The 2017 Elantra is 2 mm longer and 2.54 mm wider than the current generation. 53% of the chassis is made up of high strength steel and hence the car’s torsional rigidity has increased by 29.5% and bending strength by 25.3%. The sedan gets features like iPhone, USB and AUX connectivity, two infotainment systems with either a 7-inch or 8-inch screen, rear camera, GPS navigation and Android Auto, Sirius XM or iOS Siri integration is also available. The Infinity audio system comes with 8 speakers.
Powering the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a 2.0-litre petrol engine pumping out 147 HP of power and 179 Nm of torque. The engine will be offered with 6-speed manual as well as automatic transmissions. The vehicle also gets a smaller 1.4-litre GDI Kappa engine that produces 128 HP of power and 211 Nm of torque. This powerplant is mated to a 7-speed DCT gearbox. The new Elantra gets safety features like seven airbags, ESC, Vehicle Stability Management, ABS, Traction Control and TPMS. Other options include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist.