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New Hyundai Elantra Extreme Makeover


     Hyundai Motor Company revealed the redesigned Elantra compact sedan and it includes a more mature and streamlined styling along with better fuel economy and a more powerful engine. Called the Avante in Korea, it will officially be unveiled in the US at the LA Auto Show in November.
The 6th generation small car provides better driving dynamics by using more lightweight high-strength steel and overhauling the suspension system.
In a press release the South Korean automaker stated that their engineers dampened noise and vibration by redesigning the windscreen wipers, insulating rear-wheels and by adding thicker door glass.
In the U.S. market, the Elantra is Hyundai’s bestselling nameplate and through August sales were up 10% to 173,238 units. Hyundai wants to be seen as providing quality and handling, which is why they have refined the ride.
Hyundai stated that it isn’t only great design that improved the all-new Hyundai Elantra over its predecessors. Also upgraded were the Elantra’s fuel efficiency, power output, safety features, comfort and extensive use of technology. Hyundai Motor Group’s r&d unit Vice Chairman Yang Woong-Chul unveiled the Elantra’s new design at a ceremony just outside of Seoul at the company’s Namyang technical center.
The next generation of Hyundais will have many high-tech improvements such as a seat that remembers the drivers favorite seating position, automatic dimming of high-beam lights, autonomous emergency braking and blind spot detection. Other upgrades will include a hands-free auto-opening trunk and rear cross-traffic alert.
On the outside the look was more refined which was accented by slim headlamps that are sporty and clean lines. A large hexagonal grille was also introduced. Due to a 32% boost in high-strength steel use, the car is a bit longer and wider than its predecessors.
Under the hood the Elantra is powered by either a 1.6-liter direct-inject has engine or by a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine. Hyundai is also producing a 1.6-liter diesel engine. Engines might be different in some markets.
The transmission choices are a 6-speed automatic, a 6-speed stick or a 7-speed dual clutch. The DCT will only be available on the diesel models.
It is not clear when it will be available in other markets at this time. However global sales are expected to reach 700,000 next year, 110,000 of which will be sold in the home market and the other 590,000 being sold overseas.
The U.S version will be made in Montgomery, Ala. and will be available at Chapman Hyundai when it comes to market.

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