The Hyundai Elantra is way overdue for a redesign, as it has had essentially the same design since 2011. While the current Elantra is not ugly by any stretch of the imagination, it is starting to show its age a bit. What’s more, with Hyundai’s lineup changing all around the Elantra, the aging looks of the current model will only worsen with each passing year.
Apparently, we will not have to wait too long for the debut of the next-gen Elantra, as Hyundai has just released a teaser image showing off the updated sedan.
Thankfully, Hyundai appears to be taking the wise route with the new Elantra and revamping the Fluidic Sculpture design language instead of fully overhauling it. The result is the pretty sweet preview of the 2017 Elantra above.
The most recognizable feature of this new design is the grille, which has become somewhat of a staple for the brand as of late. The new Elantra also gains sharp creases on its hood and a raised beltline that spans the length of its four-door body.
Up front is a face that looks nothing like the existing model, as it has more aggressive air inlets, which could be non-functional, and a rounded chin that gives the sedan a unique look.
Unfortunately, this teaser image is just that: a teaser. Chances are that the actual production model will be a little less stylish, but I could be wrong. Luckily, we won’t have to wait too long to find out, as the redesigned Elantra will make its debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show, set to kick off in December.
In addition to the new look, we are awaiting details on what will power the next-gen Elantra. There have been reports of it sharing the 2016 Tucson’s 1.6-liter engine, which produces 175 horsepower. There will almost certainly be a higher-output engine available with the 2017 Elantra as well, possibly a turbocharged unit that crests the 200-horsepower mark.
We’ll bring you all of the official details as they becomes available.