And here's our first look at it.
Once seen as nothing more than basic transportation, the Hyundai Elantra has become one of the compact sedan segment's benchmarks. Not only has it rightly earned a reputation for reliability and quality, but its styling inside and out (more notably the latter) has forced competitors back to the drawing boards. It's been quite a meteoric rise, and one Hyundai fully intends to maintain with the next-generation model.
The South Korean automaker has just announced the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra will make its official debut on March 17 on The Lot Studios in West Hollywood, California. This world premiere will be live-streamed around the globe. For now, Hyundai has released a couple of teaser images and a video and it's quite clear the new Elantra is taking yet another bold design step forward.
Not only does it retain four-door coupe styling but enhances it with longer, lower, and wider proportions. Based on these images, the 2021 Elantra (the current 2020 model is pictured below) looks pretty darn good. It's also fully clear the exterior design is taking a far more angular approach with the dramatic character line cutting across the sides. Hyundai calls this Parametric Dynamics, made possible by "cutting edge engineering solutions and design innovations."
It's an interesting design approach no doubt and take note of the three lines meeting at one point on the front doors. Hyundai says that not only was this a design challenge but it's very much in line with the "Elantra's disrupter spirit."
The interior continues this attitude. Described as the "Immersion Cocoon" interior layout, the image here shows a driver-focused cockpit, further augmented with a low and wide structure from the doors to the center console. There's also a large touchscreen interface consisting of two integrated display screens.
We'll find out next week whether or not these bold and, perhaps, risky, design decisions will pay off for what is one of Hyundai's best-selling and most important vehicles in its entire lineup.