SEOUL, South Korea – When the 2017 Hyundai Elantra arrives at Hyundai dealerships early next year, it will highlight better fuel economy, more safety features and higher horsepower, Hyundai said as it unveiled the compact sedan on Wednesday. The U.S. version of the 2017 Elantra will debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Pricing and technical specifications will be announced later.
“It is not only through great design that the all-new Elantra improves on its predecessors,” Hyundai said in a statement. “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 in the segment.
The sixth-generation Elantra targets the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla.
Changes to the Elantra begin with a sleek look patterned after the Hyundai Genesis. The 2017 version is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing car for a more spacious cabin.
New safety technologies include autonomous emergency braking, high-beam assist, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2017 Elantra gets a revised suspension system, a quieter cabin and more use of lightweight high-strength steel.
Improvements also include a new Integrated Memory Seat that remembers a driver’s preferred seating position and a new hands-free Smart Trunk.
Powertrain choices for the U.S. have not been specified at this point. The EPA has not posted official fuel economy numbers on the 2017 Elantra.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers making plans for early next year may want to take a closer look at the redesigned Elantra. But there are lots of good choices in this segment in the meantime.