Hyundai teases the interior of the Elantra image

Teasing a new model before the official global launch is an effective marketing move and Hyundai is busy prepping for the upcoming worldwide introduction of the new Elantra.

Today we get to catch a glimpse of the returning 2016 Hyundai Elantra in an image depicting the model’s interior. The rendering is deliberately not giving us too many clues about what really is in the cabin of the upcoming Elantra but we see the South Koreans are keeping true to their recently introduced European-style design language. The minimalist exterior tone is reflected inside where the styling clearly targets the German competitors in both tone and appearance. The current generation is packed with lots of buttons that have disappeared now and the center stacks seems to house not one but two large format displays – one of course for the infotainment system and perhaps one that will handle climate control duties. The affinity of European customers for German styled cars is obvious because more non-continental automakers are adopting the trend and use the likes of Volkswagen or BMW as sources of inspiration.

Additional reports also point out the interior will have front and rear heated seats, two USB ports and an Infiniti audio system among the optional extras. We also believe the carmaker will have the infotainment system boasting both Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay smartphone connectivity. Safety has not been forgotten, with an automatic emergency braking (complete with pedestrian alert), blind spot alert and rear cross traffic detection. Under the hood rumors see among other options the 1.6-liter T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine, sourced from the Tucson SUV and churning out 175 horsepower via an automatic gearbox or an even more efficient seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.