Hyundai revealed the newest generation of its cost-effective Elantra sedan this week. The sixth generation of the compact is completely redesigned — aiming for more comfort and style. In that vein, the Elantra gets increased cabin space thanks to a body that’s a bit longer and wider. Despite being larger, the use of lightweight high-strength steel helps keep the curb weight down, according to Hyundai.
Hyundai also made the push to include all the new tech at its disposal inside the updated Elantra. Autonomous emergency braking, auto-dimming high-beams and blind-spot detection are just some of the available safety technologies. Luxury options like a driver’s memory seat and a hands-free opening trunk are also offered.
A 1.6-liter direct-injection gas engine moves the base model, but a 2.0-liter four is also available for upgraded models. There will also be a 1.6-liter diesel, but don’t expect it in the U.S. Hyundai says that the power will be up for the new model year, but they’re not offering specific figures yet. The current 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter fours make 143 hp and 175 hp, respectively. The new gas engines will be backed by either a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto.
Trailing the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic in sales, Hyundai is making moves to shrink the gap with the Elantra. The base model currently starts around $18K and we expect the new model to arrive at about the same price point.