Fort Mill Hyundai Blog: What Changed in the 2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 is not the first time the Hyundai Elantra has undergone a significant redesign. Back just a decade ago, the Hyundai Elantra was widely considered just a run-of-the-mill compact car. It didn’t really stand out, especially in a crowded segment that included the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla.

In 2011, however, a redesign pushed the Elantra forward significantly, allowing it to compete with – and, we would argue, pass up - the Focus, Civic and even the Mazda 3. The styling was edgy, the cabin was spacious, and it had strong standard features.

Fast forward again to the 2017 Elantra, and we can see that Hyundai has taken a winning formula and catapulted it even further.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Styling

The previous version of this model was a trendsetter for the company. Stylish design and extravagant curves marked the detailed design. The 2017 Elantra, however, has been smoothed out a bit. Some of those curves have been taken down a notch, almost as if rough waters had started to calm.

You’ll find a grille that’s wider and deeper, providing the new model with a greater presence on both the road and at the curb. It features new boomerang-shaped LED running lights in the front end. There is less sculpting down the sides of the body, making this version of the vehicle a bit simpler. Those old C-shaped lines that tended to pull the rear of the car toward you, visually, have been replaced with vertical door cuts and a rear roofline that’s more draped.

2017 Elantra Interior Changes

Continuing those horizontal themes in the interior, you’ll find some definite changes in the 2017 Elantra interior. There is a decidedly simple dash hood with a touchscreen, providing information to the driver. An additional 4.2-inch LCD display provides additional functionality such as audio and navigation. Climate control and audio, as well as some other secondary functions, are controlled via knobs and keys, not straying too far from previous designs.

There’s about one-inch greater length and width in the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, and much of this new room is devoted to the already-spacious interior. This pushes the model closer to the mid-size category, no longer on the border between compact and mid-size. It’s moved along with others in its class, such as the most recent version of the Civic.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Dashboard

New Powertrains for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra

There are two new powertrain options on the 2017 Elantra. The standard models feature a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that fires at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission is usually paired with this version of the engine, although a 6-speed manual is available on one of the base models.

Also available is a new Eco turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four cylinder, coming in at 128 hp and 156 lb-feet, paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This model gives a much higher degree of fuel efficiency, coming in at a combined 35 MPG.

Greater Safety for the 2017 Elantra

Hyundai has pulled out all of the stops when it comes to safety in the new model of this vehicle. It comes with seven airbags as standard; a rearview camera is also an available option.

Some of the newer and most exciting options in the area of safety for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra include forward-collision warning technology with auto braking, lane-departure warnings and lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, as well as adaptive cruise control.

Come to Ford Mill Hyundai and take a look at the 2017 Elantra. You’ll be excited to see all of the exciting changes Hyundai has brought with this model.

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