Hyundai Elantra is mod­ern, user-friendly, com­fort­able

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The all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra fea­tures a bold aero­dy­namic de­sign, a com­pre­hen­sive suite of safety fea­tures, mod­ern in­te­rior styling with class­above fea­tures, and a num­ber of user-friendly tech­nolo­gies. It con­tin­ues to be one of Hyundai’s all time best-sell­ing mod­els, known for its sig­nif­i­cant value ad­van­tage in a highly com­pet­i­tive com­pact car seg­ment.

As­sem­bled in both Mont­gomery, Ala., and Ul­san, South Korea, the new Elantra dis­tin­guishes it­self from the com­pact car class with seg­ment-first pre­mium fea­tures such as a hands­free Smart Trunk and Clari-Fi music restora­tion tech­nol­ogy, plus ad­di­tional con­ve­nience and safety items. The 2017 Elantra is avail­able with a full suite of the lat­est ad­vanced safety tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing, Lane Keep As­sist Sys­tem, Au­to­matic Emer­gency Brak­ing with Pedes­trian De­tec­tion and Blind Spot De­tec­tion with Rear Cross-traf­fic Alert and Lane Change As­sist. The Elantra is ex­pected to re­ceive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety (IIHS) and a 5-Star Safety Rating from the Na­tional High­way Traf- fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NHTSA).

CON­FI­DENT EX­TE­RIOR

The new Elantra projects con­fi­dence with sculpted body forms com­ple­mented by smoothly con­toured lines that re­veal the un­der­ly­ing in­spi­ra­tion of Hyundai de­sign­ers. In­spired by the con­cept of dy­namic pre­ci­sion, Elantra’s ar­chi­tec­ture was a per­fect plat­form for col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Hyundai de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers to blend ad­vanced styling with func­tional aero­dy­nam­ics.

From the front, the new Elantra is de­fined by Hyundai’s sig­na­ture hexag­o­nal grille that projects a dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter when com­bined with its mod­ern light­ing sig­na­tures, in­clud­ing avail­able HID head­lights with Dy­namic Bend­ing Lights and unique ver­ti­cal LED day­time run­ning lights, which are firsts for Elantra. Elantra’s sporty lower front fas­cia in­te­grates func­tional front wheel air cur­tains, a com­po­nent de­rived from the Sonata Hy­brid that helps man­age air flow from the front of the ve­hi­cle and around the wheels to min­i­mize tur­bu­lence and wind re­sis­tance. In ad­di­tion, un­der­body cov­ers, an aero­dy­namic rear bumper bot­tom spoiler and rear deck­lid de­signed with an ex­panded trunk edge con­trib­ute to Elantra’s 0.27 co­ef­fi­cient of drag.

Elantra fea­tures a sleek body­side char­ac­ter line that ac­cen­tu­ates a sweep­ing side win­dow sil­hou­ette and strik­ing side pro­file. Avail­able pre­mium fea­tures such as 17-inch al­loy wheels, all-new LED door han­dle ap­proach lights, side mirror LED turn sig­nal in­di­ca­tors and LED tail­lights with high tech graphics add a level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and de­tail to this class-above com­pact sedan. The 2017 Elantra will be of­fered in eight ex­te­rior col­ors, five new to the model. Elantra’s over­all length has in­creased by just un­der an inch and its pro­por­tions are fur­ther en­hanced by in­creas­ing its width by 1.0-inches, pre­sent­ing a more ath­letic stance and sta­ble ap­pear­ance.

MOD­ERN IN­TU­ITIVE IN­TE­RIOR

On the in­side, Elantra con­tin­ues to de­pict a mod­ern, driver-ori­ented de­sign op­ti­mized for in­tu­itive con­trol, im­proved in­te­rior roomi­ness, high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and pre­mium tech­nol­ogy fea­tures. The con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior de­sign in­te­grates pre­mium soft-touch ma­te­ri­als in key touch points and high­tech de­tails to cre­ate an invit­ing and com­fort­able in­te­rior en­vi­ron­ment for all pas­sen­gers.

The wide de­sign of the in­stru­ment panel pro­vides a feel­ing of spa- cious­ness and is avail­able with a 4.2-inch color TFT LCD in­stru­ment dis­play for im­proved driver vis­i­bil­ity and func­tion­al­ity. The rest of the cen­ter stack is laid out in a hor­i­zon­tal de­sign with but­tons and con­trols placed in log­i­cal groups by func­tion, and a slight seven de­gree tilt to­ward the driver for op­ti­mal er­gonomics. Avail­able pre­mium con­ve­nience fea­tures such as a seg­ment-first in­te­grated mem­ory sys­tem for the power driver seat and side mir­rors, dual au­to­matic tem­per­a­ture con­trol with auto de­fog­ging sys­tem and auto-dim­ming rearview mirror fur­ther en­hance driv­ing com­fort, along with ad­vanced er­gonomic front seats. The front seats fea­ture high-ten­sion light­weight seat frames for im­proved per­for­mance in col­li­sions, and a multi-firm­ness seat pad to help re­duce driver fa­tigue over long dis­tances.

In fact, all of Elantra’s seats, cov­ered in ei­ther cloth or avail­able leather, are made of SoyFoam, an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly seat­ing foam that sub­sti­tutes petroleum based polyol with hy­droxyl-func­tion­al­ized soy­bean oil and op­ti­mizes the for­mu­la­tion/process to max­i­mize me­chan­i­cal per­for­mance. For added com­fort and con­ve­nience, pas­sen­gers en­joy avail­able heated front and rear seats with a ver­sa­tile 60/40 split-fold­ing rear seat. Elantra also of­fers class-above to­tal in­te­rior vol­ume with im­proved front and rear head­room.

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