The current gen Elantra has been around for almost a little more than 4 years now. Not that it looks aged but there’s enough time that has went by for Hyundai to give it a proper update and introduce the next-generation model. The Korean carmaker has already begun testing the 2017 Elantra in India in the right earnest. One of our sharp eyed readers spotted a heavily camouflaged Elantra being put through its paces in Pune, Maharashtra.
Although, we have had the opportunity to take a quick spin on the 2017 Elantra in USA, we are not sure whether there will be any changes to the model that will be launched in India sometime later this year or early next year. Speaking of changes from the current gen model to the one that will be coming our way soon, the new-gen Elantra will have a completely new front end, with re-styled headlamps and a fresh new hexagonal grille. The lines on the body will be new as well, doing away with the curves and bringing in more edges. Hyundai will make use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) which lends better structural rigidity at a lighter weight. Also, the new-gen Elantra will be 20mm longer and 25mm wider than the model it replaces. The rear section too, will see revised styling, most notably, in the form of a new bumper and newly designed tail lamps.
The cabin too will see a host of changes with a new design being employed along with better materials and a long list of features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with the usual navigation and entertainment options. The upholstery will be a touch more premium than the one on the current gen. As far as engine options are concerned, we believe that there will be the same 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine options that are currently on offer on the Elantra. There is a possibility that Hyundai might also bring in a more powerful 2.0-itre petrol engine as another option. All the engines will be coupled to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.