Hyundai unveils 6th-generation Elantra at 2015 LA Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 21, 2015

Hyundai released one of its latest models, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, at the 2015 LA Auto Show. This new version of Elantra is the sixth in its generation, a brand which has always delivered best sellers. The new model uses its award winning formula as well as a bold design with emphasis on aerodynamics and classy styling.

New Elantra being put forth has better fuel usage and upgraded noise insulation and safety features. It is being assembled from Montgomery in Alabama and Ulsan in South Korea and is set to reach Hyundai dealers by January. Well equipped with enhanced safety technologies and premium convenience features, the new Elantra is set to be a class apart.

The salient features that enhance the car’s safety levels are incredible. It is eyeing to bag a Top Safety Pick+ rating by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and also a high 5-Star Safety rating by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Stronger and advanced chassis The new Elantra has been fitted with a lighter but stronger chassis which owes its properties to its 53% composition of advanced stainless steel as compared to 21% in the earlier models.

As a consequence, the car gives an improved riding and handling experience, is quieter to drive and is more durable, with a 29.5% stiffer torsional rigidity and 25.3 higher bending strength. The car has 40 times higher structural adhesive application and more reinforcement in its welding areas.

These structural adhesives are derived from aerospace engineering technologies and help in achieving improved NVH and enhanced dynamics by making the engine chassis stiffer. These innovative engineering changes in the new model are aimed at bagging top safety rankings with IIHS and NHTSA.

Apart from the standard iPhone/USB auxiliary input jacks and Sirius XM satellite radio, the 2017 Elantra has two new infotainment devices along with the base audio system. The digitally connected passengers can enjoy the 7 inch Display Audio touch screen system with a rear view camera. The second one is Hyundai’s next generation navigation system. Android Auto is present in both the devices that allow excellent sync with smart phone functions like navigation apps, voice searches and streaming audio. There is a second USB port available for charging of the smart phones that are integrated through a wired connection – a first-time feature for a Hyundai vehicle.

Exterior Design

The car presents a super confident exterior that has been carefully designed by the Hyundai designers. A wholesome body with smooth curves, the design is inspired by the principle of dynamic precision that is a product of the collaboration between the Hyundai engineers and designers and gives the car a blend of premium styling and aerodynamics.

The new Elantra’s front bears the typical Hyundai hexagonal grille that is in a league of its own with its new lighting system. HID headlights and Dynamic Bending Lights make the lighting system highly attractive. Elantra, for the first time ever, is also featuring vertical LED day lights.

Upon looking at the lower front, it’s apparent that the new Elantra presents a sporty look. It is inspired by the Sonata Hybrid, evident in its functional front wheel air curtains which work to reduce air turbulence by managing air flow from the front and near the wheels.

The vehicle boasts of a 0.27 coefficient of drag, thanks to its underbody covers, a rear decklid with an expanded trunk edge, and an aerodynamic rear bumper bottom spoiler.

Elantra’s side profile is extremely appealing and depicts a sleek character which is enhanced by a sweeping side window shape. The compact sedan has additional glamour accents on its sides in the form of LED door handle approach lights, graphic LED tail lights, LED side turn indicators on the side view mirrors and 17 inch wide alloy wheels.

Being released in eight exterior colours, the 2017 Elantra will be exhibited in five completely new colors. The car’s aesthetics has been further improved by increasing its length by under an inch and its width by an inch, thus creating a more athletic and stable exterior.

Interior Design

The interiors of the all new 2017 Elantra have been inspired by driver-friendly designs to maximise intuitive control during driving. The instrument panel has been given a wide appearance and is accompanied by a 4.2 inch coloured TFT LCD screen display for better driver visibility and clarity.

The press buttons have been arranged logically in the center stack in a horizontal orientation and there is a 7 degree tilt toward the driver to boost optical ergonomics. The power driver seat and side mirrors have an integrated memory system. Its designers also incorporated it with dual temperature control and an automatic de-fogging and dimming technology for the rear view mirror which makes driving very comfortable.

Ergonomics also influenced its seating design. The front seats are attached to light weight but high tension seat frames that give adequate protection against collisions. The driver’s seat has a seat pad for added comfort in the long run. All the Elantra seats are covered with cloth or leather covers and are made up of SoyFoam that specialises as an environmental friendly material and uses hydroxyl functionalised soybean oil.

An added premium feature is the 60/40 folding rear seat with heaters for both front and back seats. The total interior volume of the 2017 Elantra stands at an impressive 102 cu.ft., which is bigger than what’s offered by its competitors in the midsize car segment like Mazda3 and Ford Focus.

The Hyundai engineers have prioritised the need to reduce engine noise and road noise levels within the cabin, achieved by a hood insulator and other measures like a 25% reduction in the front dash panel aperture size as well as thicker front door window glass. Sound reduction materials have also been incorporated in the floorpans and even all of its pillars and internal fenders.

Added passenger comfort is attained by placing plastic and rubber bushings in the sub frame at the front.

Powertrain

The 2017 Elantra is fitted with two new powertrains. There is the standard engine on the base SE and the Limited Trim which is a 2.0 L Nu MPI Atkinson four cylinder engine with 147 hp at 6.200 rpm and 132 lb.ft of torque at 4,500 rpm.

This cycle-type engine is the only one combined with a multi port injection – a unique trait among other models in the compact car segment. It maximises the expansion ratio by postponing the closing time of the intake valve during the compression stroke, thus minimising the pumping loss.

By allowing additional energy to be produced, the effects of expansion ratio are magnified. With a high compression ratio of 1.5, the engine surely enhances fuel efficiency and car performance. It also comes with intermediate valve cam phasing that improves the operational range of the intake valves and further reduces pumping loss. Fuel combustion efficiency is improved by using high energy ignition coils.

The thermostat is electronically controlled and can open at a higher temperature. The piston is cooled down by oil spraying in its lowered position through piston cooling jets, resulting in better fuel economy and more knock stability. All these measures when combined result in a 2.2 percent increase in fuel economy and the expected mileage of 29 in city, 38 in highway and 33 combined mpg.

This is the company’s own estimate for the 6-A/T. Paired with the Atkinson four cylinder engine is either the standard six speed manual transmission (only for SE trim) or a six speed automated transmission. The new automatic version is 3.3% more efficient overall, resulting in a more dynamic output.

The valve body has been renewed, giving it better gear shift control. Meanwhile, its optimal oil pump size has improved operations. Double angular ball bearings reduce the friction and rolling resistance. In addition, a multi clutch torque converter helps achieve better lock up control.

Elantra EcoTrim, which is due to be out in Spring 2016, has been equipped with the second powertrain, which is a 1.4 litre Kappa turbocharged GDI four cylinder engine that can produce a 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 156 lb. ft. of torque at a lower 1400-3700 rpm range.

It will be partnered by a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. Internal testing estimate gives a 35 mpg combined rating for the EcoTrim.

Press Release

ALL-NEW 2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA MAKES ITS DEBUT AT THE LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Hyundai today reveals its all-new 2017 Elantra at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As one of Hyundai’s all time best-selling models, the new Elantra enters its sixth-generation building on the momentum and success of its proven award-winning formula and strong value proposition by offering a bold aerodynamic design with sophisticated styling, all-new efficient powertrains for enhanced fuel economy, better ride quality and noise insulation, and comprehensive safety with class-above features.

Assembled in both Montgomery, Alabama and Ulsan, South Korea, the new Elantra distinguishes itself from the compact car class with the addition of segment-first premium convenience and safety technologies, and 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 Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2017 Elantra will arrive at Hyundai dealers in January.

STRIKING EXTERIOR DESIGN
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 that is 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 of which are 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 INTERIOR DESIGN
On the inside, Elantra continues to depict a modern driver-oriented design that is 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 high-tech details to create an inviting and comfortable interior environment for all passengers.

The wide design of the instrument panel provides a feeling of spaciousness 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 against 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 rear headroom and legroom. At 110.2 cu. ft. of total interior volume, the 2017 Elantra is classified as a Midsize car by the EPA, which is a class above Mazda3, Ford Focus and some premium models.

In addition to passenger comfort, improving interior cabin noise management and reducing road noise were top development priorities for Hyundai engineers. To reduce engine sound a hood insulator is equipped on the majority of Elantra models. Engineers also reduced the aperture size in the front dash panel by 25 percent, increased the thickness of the front door window glass, and added various sound absorption materials in all pillars, inner fenders and floorpan. In an effort to further improve NVH characteristics, engineers also applied plastic and rubber bushings to the front sub-frame and increased the bushings size of the lower control arm.

REFINED & RESPONSIVE CHASSIS
The 2017 Elantra is not only lighter than the outgoing model, but its rigid chassis is now reinforced with 53 percent advanced high-strength steel compared to 21 percent from the previous model, providing improved stiffness at a lower body weight. This increased utilization results in a 29.5 percent stiffer torsional rigidity and 25.3 percent greater bending strength, which bring improvements in vehicle ride and handling, quietness, durability and driving performance. Furthermore, the new Elantra increased structural adhesive application 40 times at higher stress points on the chassis and to reinforce welding areas. A component often found in aerospace applications, these structural adhesives also contribute to improved NVH and vehicle dynamics due to extra stiffness in the chassis. Hyundai engineers focused on these enhancements to develop a more rigid body structure in an effort to target top safety ratings by the IIHS and NHTSA.

Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through Elantra’s redesigned rear suspension geometry that modifies the angle of the rear shock absorbers and changed the position of the coil springs on the coupled torsion beam axle. Additionally, an increase in rear bushing diameter helps to improve long term durability. Elantra’s front suspension uses an optimally designed McPherson strut with coil springs and gas shock absorbers along with a front stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll when cornering. The standard Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system instantly adjusts to changing driving conditions for greater precision and steering feel while improving fuel economy. Increased caster provides safe and reliable steering feedback at highway speeds.

NEW EFFICIENT POWERTRAINS
For 2017, the new Elantra receives two all-new powertrains designed for improved fuel efficiency and everyday drivability performance. The standard engine available on the base SE and Limited trim is a 2.0-liter Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine producing a peak 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb. ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm (estimated). This Atkinson cycle-type engine reduces pumping loss by delaying the close timing of the intake valve in the compression stroke, therefore maximizing the expansion ratio – it is the only Atkinson cycle engine to be combined with multi-port injection in the compact class. This greater expansion ratio is made more efficient by allowing additional energy to be produced. Furthermore, this engine features a high compression ratio of 12.5.

Other enhancements include intermediate valve cam phasing that increases the operational range of the intake valves and helps to reduce pumping loss. High energy ignition coils are also adopted to increase combustion efficiency through increasing spark intensity. A new electronically controlled thermostat decreases pumping energy and allows the thermostat to open at a higher temperature. Finally, piston cooling jets are added to cool down the piston by spraying oil at the lower position of the piston resulting in knock stability and fuel economy improvements. All of this results in up to a 2.2 percent increase in efficiency for optimized fuel economy, and an anticipated 29 city / 38 highway / 33 combined mpg (internal estimate for 6-A/T).

This 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine is paired with either a standard six-speed manual transmission (available only on the SE trim) or Elantra’s next generation six-speed automatic transmission. The new automatic transmission helps deliver dynamic performance with an overall 3.3 percent increase in efficiency for optimized fuel economy. A new valve body improves gear shift responsiveness and control, while an optimization in oil pump size aids in improving operating efficiency. A multi-clutch torque converter is also a new addition that allows more control over lock-up. Finally, rolling resistance and friction are minimized by adopting double angular ball bearings.

The second powertrain is an all-new 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine equipped on the Elantra Eco trim, available in Spring 2016. This engine produces 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a robust 156 lb-ft. of torque at a low 1,400 ~ 3,700 rpm and will be mated to an EcoShift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Eco trim is projected to achieve an unsurpassed estimated 35 mpg combined rating based on internal testing.


Other features of the 1.4L turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine include an integrated cylinder head and exhaust manifold that improves fuel economy 5~7% at higher engine speeds. An optimized straight intake port increases tumble flow for fast combustion, suppressing knock tendency and improving fuel economy. The turbocharger is a single scroll design with an electric wastegate actuator. The optimized turbine and compressor employs a sophisticated scavenging strategy that improves low-end torque and response, while the electric wastegate actuator improves low-end torque and part-load fuel economy by reducing back pressure. Finally, the high pressure fuel injectors have six individually sized laser drilled holes to optimize the fuel spray pattern.

Both engines feature a multitude of friction-reducing and cooling components and high efficiency engineering features designed to enhance fuel economy and maximize performance. In addition, all Elantra trims are equipped with the new Drive Mode Select feature that adjusts both powertrain performance and steering effort, allowing the driver to customize the driving character by selecting from three modes: Eco, Normal or Sport, simply by touching a button on the center console.

COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY
In addition to the strengthened chassis, the 2017 Elantra makes structural improvements to the front side members that are now a hexagonal design and the dash-to-cowl connection has also been reinforced. The front apron to the A-pillar now features a straight and continuous load path and has hot stamping applied on the front side rear lower member. B-pillar assemblies feature partial softening hot stamping that start with a reinforcement section (150kgf grade) and then transition into a softening section (100kgf grade) to help absorb side impact. The rear doors also feature dual impact beams. A seven airbag system is standard, including a new driver’s knee airbag, along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The 2017 Elantra is expected to receive an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and NHTSA 5-star safety rating.

New for 2017, the Elantra also offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies, often reserved for luxury cars, to provide another defensive safety layer for its passengers beyond the standard safety system. Available Automatic Emergency Braking with class-exclusive Pedestrian Detection is a technology that utilizes both the front forward facing radar and camera through sensor fusion to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.

Additional Elantra-first safety technologies include available Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera, now with dynamic guidance. Lane Keep Assist uses a forward-facing camera to detect lane markings and will alert the driver if the vehicle drifts outside the lane without signaling. The system will apply corrective steering assistance if necessary, and is another active safety tool to assist Elantra drivers and help prevent accidents.

INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY & FEATURES
The 2017 Elantra truly advances ahead of the compact car class with innovative technology that enhances driver confidence and convenience, without the premium price. Elantra’s segment-exclusive hands-free Smart Trunk, allows Elantra drivers to conveniently open the trunk if their hands are full by simply approaching the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in a purse or pocket. An audible beep will sound three times, and the trunk will automatically open, making it easy to place items in the cargo area.

The new Elantra enhances the driver experience with available all new Dynamic Bending Light and Smart Cruise Control technology. Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) works in tandem with the HID headlights, so they turn-in with the direction of the steering wheel for better nighttime visibility and safety, while the additional High Beam Assist feature automatically dims the high beams when approaching vehicles are detected. Elantra’s Smart Cruise Control (SCC) makes highway and long distance driving more comfortable. Using a radar sensor mounted on the lower front grille, the SCC system maintains a set distance from the vehicle ahead in varied traffic conditions by automatically adjusting vehicle speed as needed.

ADVANCED CONNECTIVITY AND MULTIMEDIA
All Elantras come standard with iPhone®/USB and auxiliary input jacks and SiriusXM® satellite radio. New for 2017, the Elantra features two advanced infotainment systems beyond the base audio system that perfectly cater to the digitally connected – an available 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera, and Hyundai’s next-generation 8.0-inch navigation system. Both multimedia systems are equipped with Android Auto for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions including app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, plus any approved smartphone apps. Since smartphone integration requires a wired connection to the vehicle, Elantra provides an available second USB port for charging – the first application on a Hyundai vehicle.

The advanced 8.0-inch navigation system features an enhanced display with improved touch sensitivity for touch and drag control, increased screen brightness for better daytime visibility, and a split-screen display showing map and music data. Both SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio® Technology are standard on this system. For additional convenience and connectivity, navigation-equipped Elantras offer pre-loaded apps, voice control functions, and premium SiriusXM features.

Pandora® capability
Real-time SiriusXM® Travel Link® three-month trial period, including traffic, weather, sports, stocks, fuel prices, even movie times, multi-cultural channels and presets recording capability
SiriusXM® Tune Start – plays current song from the beginning when tuning into a preset channel
“Eyes Free” Siri integration –voice control function to prevent driver distraction
For the first time, Elantra also will offer an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system, including a center speaker and subwoofer. Furthermore, music lovers will appreciate Hyundai’s first application of Harman’s patented Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology. Clari-Fi™ analyzes digital audio files during playback and automatically rebuilds much of what was lost in the compression process. This delivers a musical experience closer to the artists’ original intent, with increased dynamic range for enhanced realism, and improved overall fidelity.

NEXT-GENERATION BLUE LINK®
The 2017 Elantra offers the next-generation Hyundai Blue Link system with enhanced safety, service and infotainment telematics. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start w/ Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, the web or via smartphone app. Some of these features can even be controlled via the latest Android Wear™ and new Apple Watch™ smartwatch offerings.

Blue Link is offered in three service packages: Connected Care & Remote is available on all models and Guidance is available on Navigation-equipped models. 2017 Elantras equipped with Blue Link offer one year of complimentary Blue Link Connected Care.

Connected Care package (complimentary for 1-year):

Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
SOS Emergency Assistance
Enhanced Roadside Assistance
Monthly Vehicle Health Report
Maintenance Alerts
Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification (DTC)
Service Link
Blue Link App (smartphone, smartwatch)
On-Demand Diagnostics
Driving Information
Remote package:

Remote Start with Climate Control
Remote Door Lock/Unlock
Remote Horn and Lights
Car Finder via Mobile App
Stolen Vehicle Recovery/Slowdown/Immobilization
Vehicle Safeguard Alerts:
Geo-Fence
Valet Alert
Speed/Curfew Alert
Guidance package (Navigation-equipped models):

Destination search powered by Google®
Destination Send-to-Car by Google®
More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

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