Hyundai has released the first teaser image with their all-new Elantra compact sedan.

Hyundai has released the first teaser image with their all-new Elantra compact sedan.

Based on the attached teaser, the sixth generation Elantra appears to represent a major departure in terms of design compared to the outgoing model and it seems Hyundai has decided to move the compact sedan more upmarket. The sleek design seems to be very promising, but don't get too excited because in teasers just about all cars look highly appealing.

It appears to boast a large hexagonal front grille and a pair of Jaguar-like headlights along with some chrome accents in the fog light area. The 2016 Elantra sits on a new set of stylish alloy wheels and will have a heavily sloped roofline engine with a short rear overhang. We also notice the prominent character lines, rakish windscreen and a chrome trim on the bottom half of the windows.

Official details are scarce at the moment, but reports are indicating the US-spec model will get a 175 bhp 1.6-liter T-GDi engine teamed up with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox which will enable the model to return 43 mpg US on the highway. 53% of the body will be made of high-strength steel and the drag coefficient is expected to stand at 0.27 which would make it one of the most aerodynamic cars in this segment.

Inside the cabin, the all-new Elantra will allegedly benefit from an 8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, along with remote start, front & rear heated seats, two USB ports and an Infiniti audio system while support for both Android Auto and Apple Car Play is expected. On the safety side, Hyundai will offer its new compact sedan with kit such as automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), rear cross traffic alert and blind spot detection.

Hyundai isn't saying when the 2016 Elantra will go official, but word on the street indicates the model will be introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. However, the KDM-spec Avante will likely show up earlier and go on sale before the year's end.

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