By on August 28, 2015

 

Korean site Auto Tribune it says it received of the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra in a South Korean factory taken by a contract employee. It looks roughly similar to the sketches we saw earlier this month from Hyundai, although its grille isn’t as dynamic and the South Korean car has doors.

The front’s design features the same large, hexagonal grille and the sleeker, lower headlights. The taillamps are decidedly different as well.

The next-generation Elantra is scheduled to be unveiled in November at the Los Angeles auto show. 

 

Inside the Elantra will have a much bigger steering wheel and different control layout.

 

According to Auto Tribune, the Elantra will sport a 1.6-liter GDI under the hood.

 

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28 Comments on “Is This The 2017 Elantra in a South Korean Factory?...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Lookie there at Hyundai, coming correct with pearl white. Not a bad looking car at all, assuming you can peel off the giant H badging. The other car I like of theirs is the Elantra GT, and the departed i30 CW (or whatever it was called here).

    And then replace it with Genesis Bentley badging.

  • avatar
    Sloomis

    Looks like a big step back, style-wise. Not that it’s bad looking, just bland and boring again, like all the previous Elantras before the current one.

  • avatar

    They changed their console layout to be more like a cross between Mercedes and BMW. I’d have left it symmetrical rather than Driver-centric.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    First thought it was a Volvo S40

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I’d like it even better if it came with a 50 kWh battery.

  • avatar
    mchan1

    Thought the inside looked like a Ford based on the steering wheel. It’s not bad for the interior.

    The exterior front looks like a Toyota :(

  • avatar
    banerjba

    They are doing the different sized sausages thing. Inside and out it is a scaled down Sonata. Also appears to be going up against Toyota for dull but pleasant styling.

  • avatar
    Compaq Deskpro

    So Kia is getting uglier while Hyundai is getting more understated.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      A mixed bag – the Tucson and Elantra have gotten better looking and the Sportage and Optima worse.

      The Sorento, otoh, is better looking and if the next Forte is based on the Novo concept – then it would get better looking.

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        Never could figure out WHAT the designers of that Optima were smoking when they came up with that “C”-pillar, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, the redesign didn’t fix it!

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

    Great! Now they have a Hyundai Focus to sell next to their Hyundai Taurus and Hyundai Edge.

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean

      You’ve just described the Korean business model. Why innovate when you can replicate?

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        Yeah, esteemed designers like Peter Schreyer, Christopher Chapman and Thomas Burkle don’t “innovate.”

        And more like the other way around – Hyundai was doing the hexagonal-shaped grill thing back in 2005-6 on their concepts before Ford started to use it.

        Hyundai also pioneered the elongated headlights placed on the side (the headlight design on the Fiesta is eerily similar to the headlight shape on the HED-2 concept.

        And pretty interesting to single out Hyundai when Audi, Subaru, Datsun all use the hexagonal grill design across their lineups with Toyota and a few others using it on a few models.

        And Hyundai started the window “dip” with the Genesis coupe which Honda and Opel also later used, but there were accusations of the Kia Sedona “copying” the Odyssey (despite the window line being the opposite).

        • 0 avatar
          dolorean

          They may be esteemed, yet every car they “innovate” looks surprisingly like a very popular car(s) already on the market. It’s like they take the best features of each car in the segment that they’re designing against and implement those distinctions into their own amorphous blob. Been a topic of discussion on TTAC every time a Korean make pumps another one out.

          • 0 avatar
            bd2

            Again, except Hyundai was doing the hexagonal shaped grill back in ’05-06 – before Ford, Audi, Subaru, Datsun and now Toyota, Renault and others on a more limited basis.

            And Hyundai’s hexagonal grill is more oversized – and hence is more similar to Audi’s now that Audi has switched to a hexagonal grill shape.

            Ford’s, otoh, is more similar to Subaru or Renault (see face-lifted DS-4) and yet, people don’t seem to take issue with them (notwithstanding the fact that Ford started doing the hexagonal thing after Hyundai).

            Hyundai also started the elongated/stretch headlights placed at the side which other auto automakers have been doing.

            And Schreyer at Kia really angled quadrilateral shaped headlights back (such as on the Optima, but previously on concepts like the Kue) – giving it a much more aggressive look.

            Audi lately has been doing the same – with its quadrilateral headlights not facing as directly to the front, but more sharply angled backwards.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      As Jack Baruth correctly stated (in his series review of the 2015 Sonata), Hyundai is now (that they’re resolving their suspension issues) producing cars in every segment that close the gap with Honda with each passing year, have surpassed Toyota in many respects, AND HYUNDAI HAS LONG SINCE QUIT WORRYING OR BEING CONCERNED ABOUT FORD, AND ESPECIALLY, GENERAL MOTORS.

      What will happen now is that Hyundai will do to GM and Ford what Honda, Toyota and Nissan did to them beginning in the late 70s, running through the 2000s; take over segments that Ford & Guangzhou Motors (GM) abandon, which pretty much means every segment but p/u trucks and SUVs.

      Once p/u trucks and big SUVs slow dramatically in terms of sales, GM and Ford will be in a downward spiral yet again.

      • 0 avatar
        SC5door

        Hyundai knows that getting into the pickup game will cost them dearly; they dabbled in the “full size” BOF game with the Borrego (which was awful at best), but they knew when to yank the product from the market. I fully expect them to pull the K900 soon to make room for GT.

        They’ll continue to sit back and let Toyota try and sell the Tundra and Sequoia with little impact on Ford or GM sales.

        I’d still like to see them to do a Renegade competitor out of the Soul.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          Almost wish Kia’d try SOMETHING on the “C”-pillar of the Soul to round off the obtuse angle at the bottom which gives it the AMC Gremlin vibe — a small Hoffmeister kink-esque thing as with the Edge, a small upsweep as on the new Pilot or Equinox, anything!

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        Import buyers tend to stick with imports which is why the Koreans were always more of a threat to the Japanese.

        That certainly doesn’t mean that GM or Ford aren’t coming out with increasingly competitive products (even for sedans) as seen in the Impala (which, btw, is selling briskly in Korea) and likely the new Malibu and Cruze.

    • 0 avatar
      SC5door

      Much better than the latest Focus refresh with the bland grill in front. WTF were they thinking? It doesn’t fit that car at all.

      Also the Azera is a MUCH nicer car than the Taurus; at least you can fit in the rear seats.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Starting to remind me of Europe’s royal families circa 1914.

    “You sure dat George? Look like Nicky.”

  • avatar
    JLGOLDEN

    This Elantra looks like a tidy design, both inside and out, from what little we can see here. This handsome design restraint makes designs like Focus and the ’16 Cruze look overwrought and complex with their creases, arches, and flares.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      That interior reminds me a little bit of the 3-series Beemers circa 1980 or so — same relationship of the bottom of the dash pod to the steering wheel, etc.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    It looks like a Korean car. I wouldnt call it Japanese as its just not wacky enough to be Japanese these days.

    I bet its deadly dull but reliable and economical with that snooze fest 130hp 1.6 w/ 6 spd auto.

    There’s no major side sculpting and the rear looks corporate.

    Interior is nothing noteworthy.

    Car like this would work in China, the EU, Eastern Europe, Russia. Inoffensive to a fault.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    This seems like a nice, safe lump of car that once entombing you would never let anything bad happen to you, ever.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      The 2011 Elantra we bought for our grand daughter in May 2011 gave her outstanding service all through college. She sold it upon graduating and that Elantra still does the daily 150mi roundtrip commute every school day, for another student.

      The Hyundai warranty is outstanding, especially since we never had to use it.

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