Hyundai’s future models have a tendency to leak out of the South Korean market before they are shown elsewhere, and that appears to be the case with the next-gen Elantra. According to Indian Autos Blog, the official unveiling isn’t scheduled in South Korea until April, but at least one shot of the upcoming sedan is online a few weeks early.
Based on this single photo of the front of the car, Hyundai’s designers are vastly altering the Elantra’s styling for its latest generation, moving it closer to the current Sonata. The grille receives the wide, trapezoidal shape from the latest members of the brand’s lineup, and the headlights wear a more angular look, as well. This image also barely shows an arching crease running up the side through the door handles.
According to Indian Autos Blog, the powertrain range for the future Elantra might include the new 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder from the recently unveiled Tucson. In European trim, the engine makes 174 horsepower and is paired with either a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual.
If you’re wondering why it’s worth caring about a Korean-market Hyundai, it’s because the automaker often only lightly tweaks designs (if at all) before bringing them to the US. So, this is quite likely an accurate preview of the next-gen Elantra in North America, as well.