By on March 11, 2020

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 gain a visual refresh for the coming model year.

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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18 Comments on “Working an Angle: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Teased...”


  • avatar
    N8iveVA

    Well the unattractive short life of the current refreshed model makes sense. They needed an in-between model to help transition to this upcoming model. Ugh, too many angles.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    I like the direction of design that Hyundai and Kia is taking these days.

    That being said-cue the “why can’t I get a manual” and it better not have a CVT comments….in other words-the same old on here.

  • avatar
    Dan

    Longer, lower, wider is already an ergonomic mess in 193″ midsizes. Scaled down another foot sure isn’t going to make it any better.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    What is with the steering wheels on the new HyundKias? They just look..WEIRD!!

  • avatar
    rockit

    I wonder if this new model will include some more total engine failures and fires like other Hyundai/Kia products

    • 0 avatar
      dividebytube

      That’s part of the Inferno package ;)

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      No, that was the 2.4 and 2.0 turbo. The regular 2.0 is very solid.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Every auto-maker has its issues (see Toyota w/ its huge fuel pump recall – due to possible stalling and/or causing a fire).

      But when it comes to fires/explosions – no one beats Ford.

      • 0 avatar
        rockit

        Hyundai has issues with abs modules causing fires. Consumers are mentioning more engine failures than just the 2.4. And to boot Hyundai gives customers a hard time in claims

        • 0 avatar
          bd2

          There have been numerous class action lawsuits against Toyota, Honda, etc., much less Ford (how many different ways has Ford tried to kill First Responders?).

          Toyota, for example, has recalled 6.5 million vehicles worldwide (2.7 million) in NA for a fire risk due to faulty wiring, in addition to another recall for a fire risk related to the wiring harness in Toyota hybrids.

          Toyota has recalled 1.8 million vehicles and counting for a faulty (Denso) fuel pump that can cause stalling, along w/ 2 separate recalls for fuel line issues which can lead to a fire.

          Toyota also recalled vehicles for improperly manufactured engine block which can overheat, stall, or catch fire.

          And there have been numerous reports of RAV-4s going up in flames.

          https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/another-new-toyota-rav4-has-exploded-this-time-while-its-owner-was-taking-his-children-to-school-032219.html

          https://www.classaction.org/toyota-rav4-car-fire-lawsuits

          But still, this is nothing compared to Ford.

          And yes, Hyundai has certainly had its own issues.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    “Parametric Dynamics”

    More like “Paramedic Desired”. Hyundai is stealing again

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The Elantra has always been a good car for Hyundai. I’d be interested in owning another one someday, but maybe one with more giddyup in it.

  • avatar
    bd2

    The new Elantra can’t come soon enough.

    The previous model was generally handsome enough, but then got totally wrecked by that awful F/L.

    Seems to have grown in size to better compete against the spacious Civic.

  • avatar
    rockit

    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

    • 0 avatar
      cprescott

      I assume you are not a Honduh fanboi who ignores that Honduh intentionally sold cars with odometers that read more miles traveled than actually done? I bet you also intentionally avoided the numerous lawsuits for Honduh hybrids that never met EPA estimates. And I am sure you’d forgive Honduh for having intentionally built a cheap Civic only to have to rush a fix in when it was learned that Honduh tried to fool its stupid buyers. And I am sure that you would excuse Honduh for still not offering a fix for its oil dillution problems.

      Don’t insult other automakers’ buyers if you are just going to make non-specific and baseless claims. I gave you specific instances where Hyundai/Kia is actually doing what Honduh gets away with.

  • avatar
    cprescott

    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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