Working an Angle: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Teased

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
working an angle 2021 hyundai elantra teased

Nothing says Hollywood like the compact Hyundai Elantra, apparently. That’s where the next-generation Elantra sedan will make its debut, and you can bet hand sanitizer will be on hand at the March 17th world premiere. Global audiences are invited to tune in from their hermetically sealed apartments.

As you can see here, the automaker’s best-selling model stands to gain no shortage of creases in its bid to reclaim customers.

In teasing the upcoming sedan, Hyundai went to great lengths to telegraph the model’s sporting pretensions. Calling it a “four-door coupe,” the automaker notes that the Elantra will grow longer, lower, and wider in its future form. And speaking of form, that design language has a name: Parametric Dynamics.

You’ve already forgotten it, we know.

Sharp-edged even in areas that would largely be featureless and sporting a full-width tail lamp assembly, the 2021 Elantra aims to fight back against the strong-selling Honda Civic and revamped-for-2020 Toyota Corolla. Those models managed to maintain or grow their sales in 2019; the Elantra didn’t. Can “edgy and aggressive” styling arrest the model’s decline? Time will tell.

Between the Elantra sedan and Elantra GT hatch, sales of Hyundai’s compact nameplate fell 12.6 percent last year. The GT also stands to

Few details were on offer from Hyundai, though a peak at the cabin shows the brand’s new (and not-unattractive) Immersive Cocoon layout and intertwined infotainment and gauge cluster screens. It’s a minimalist and grown-up look that calls to mind the upscale interiors of recent Mazdas.

Power specs should be on hand at the debut, though don’t hold your breath for a return of the manual transmission. That gearbox bowed out for the 2020 model year.

[Images: Hyundai]

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  • Rockit Rockit on Mar 11, 2020

    The Hyundai/Kia fanboys are rabid but never address the customers ripped off by this company. Put your special interests aside..people are spending thousands for new engines that shouldn't be breaking in the first place

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    • Rockit Rockit on Mar 11, 2020

      @cprescott Thank you for making my point And those Honda problems are not good, but pale in comparison to the Hyundai/Kia engine and fire issues.

  • Cprescott Cprescott on Mar 11, 2020

    I hope this does not end up looking like the hideous new I30 that was just revealed. It is dumpy and hideous. I own a 2016 Elantra and still like the way it looks. I would not buy the current one because it is bland. I can assure you I would not buy another if it looks like the "new" I30.

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  • Brett Woods My 4-Runner had a manual with the 4-cylinder. It was acceptable but not really fun. I have thought before that auto with a six cylinder would have been smoother, more comfortable, and need less maintenance. Ditto my 4 banger manual Japanese pick-up. Nowhere near as nice as a GM with auto and six cylinders that I tried a bit later. Drove with a U.S. buddy who got one of the first C8s. He said he didn't even consider a manual. There was an article about how fewer than ten percent of buyers optioned a manual in the U.S. when they were available. Visited my English cousin who lived in a hilly suburb and she had a manual Range Rover and said she never even considered an automatic. That's culture for you.  Miata, Boxster, Mustang, Corvette and Camaro; I only want manual but I can see both sides of the argument for a Mustang, Camaro or Challenger. Once you get past a certain size and weight, cruising with automatic is a better dynamic. A dual clutch automatic is smoother, faster, probably more reliable, and still allows you to select and hold a gear. When you get these vehicles with a high performance envelope, dual-clutch automatic is what brings home the numbers. 
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