The US-specification Hyundai Elantra has hit the Californian shores on its way to the official North American public unveiling taking place during the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 2016 Elantra that greets visitors of the event is actually virtually unchanged from the Korean version – called the Avante – and already showcased at home a while back. We do see a differentiated chrome radiator grille and LED daytime running lights. With dimensions of 4.57 meters in length and a drag coefficient of 0.27 we can call the 2016 Elantra sleek and the automaker also says it’s now lighter on its wheels than the outgoing model. Meanwhile, the chassis has been stiffened with 53 percent advanced high-strength steel (21 percent back in the day) – improving torsional rigidity by 29.5 percent and also delivering 25.3 percent greater bending strength, delivering “improvements in vehicle ride and handling, quietness, durability and driving performance.” Standard specs include the ESC, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and optional safety goodies include Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, as well as a backing camera.
The most notable change is under the bonnet where a 1.4-liter turbocharged Kappa GDI petrol engine now resides, churning out 128 HP (94 kW) and 211 Nm (156 lb-ft) and delivering the power through a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission. A larger 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle-type naturally aspirated mill, pushing out 147 HP (108 kW) and 179 Nm (132 lb-ft) of torque is also available in conjunction with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.