Hyundai has taken the wraps off the next generation Elantra in South Korea where it’s known as the Avante. The new compact model looks significantly more refined than its predecessor and it’s also bigger as its overall length has increased by 20 mm while width is up by 25 mm. It’s now 5 mm taller and comes with the same 2,700 mm wheelbase while the body has been aerodynamically optimized as the drag coefficient is down to 0.27. Up front you will notice the smart-looking headlights send out a bit of a Jaguar vibe and flank a large hexagonal front grille that has metallic accents.
As far as the interior cabin is concerned, it seems to draw its inspiration from recent Hyundai products and it appears to have gained more upscale materials compared to the outgoing Elantra / Avante. For the first time, an optional 8-speaker JBL sound system will be on offer while other goodies worth getting include alloy pedals and some of the new safety kit like smart high-beam assist, lane departure warning and smart cruise control.
The KDM-spec Avante will be offered with the following engines: 132 PS 1.6-liter and 149 PS 2.0-liter naturally aspirated gasoline units, CNG-running 120 PS 1.6-liter, along with a 136 PS 1.6-liter turbodiesel. Gearbox choices consist of a six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch.