All-new Hyundai Elantra breaks cover with angry, stylish new look

One mean Korean machine
by Drei Laurel | Mar 18, 2020
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The all-new Hyundai Elantra has just been revealed in Hollywood, and boy, do we like its look—its equal parts classy and angry. Frankly, it has the aesthetic to take on the likes of any compact sedan in the market.

There’s one thing here that clearly stands out: that grille. It’s as massive as its fancy ‘parametric-jewel-pattern’ design is nice to look at, and it’s flanked by one of the most attractive pairs of headlights in the segment.

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Its hood, long and accentuated with tough but subtle lines, is kept relatively simple. The same cannot be said of its side profile, though, which features some of the strongest, most jagged character lines we’ve seen in quite a while. Thin A-pillars should make for good front visibility, while the rear—which features a futuristic unified taillight setup—carries the same angular look flaunted on the sides.

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“Having three lines meet at one point is a main ingredient in making the colorful parametric dynamics of Elantra,” the brand says of the vehicle’s look. “Using this design element was a daring challenge, which has been avoided in car design, marking Elantra’s ‘disrupter-spirit.’”

Inside, things are noticeably tamer. There’s a sleek, modern vibe to the cabin and a nice mix of smooth surfaces and soft-touch materials. The real highlight here, though, is the vehicles pair of massive 10.25-inch screens—one serves as a touchscreen infotainment system, and the other a digital instrument cluster. Both are seamlessly unified, too.

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This is also the first time the Elantra will be offered with a hybrid powertrain, in this case a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a 32kW electric motor powered by a 1.32kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery underneath the car’s seats. It’s capable of 139hp and 264Nm of torque. The available combustion engine, meanwhile, is a 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle gasoline engine with 147hp at 6,200rpm and 179Nm at 4,500rpm. The hybrid is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the gasoline is paired to the brand’s intelligent variable transmission.

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So, how do you think the all-new Elantra will fare against the likes of the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Altis if it makes it to the Philippines? Style-wise, the thing clearly has a chance. Let us know what you think of the compact sedan in the comments.

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