The next generation Hyundai Elantra has been spied for the first time during preliminary winter testing.

Commercialized in South Korea as the "Avante", Hyundai's new Elantra won't look that much different compared to the outgoing model but it will get the latest styling updates introduced with the i20 and i30 facelift so look for sharper lines creating a more evolved design enhanced by a revised hexagonal grille. Judging by these spy images, the headlights don't seem to stretch that far back as they do on the current model while the curvy taillights should be replaced with more linear ones.

Codenamed AD, the new Elantra/Avante will keep the sloping roofline while up front on the bumper's side there are strips of LED daytime running lights. There are also some shots of the interior cabin which could host slightly better materials and more choices in terms of trims & upholsteries.

Under the hood there should be an array of CRDi diesel and Turbo GDi gasoline engines used in the latest Hyundai & Kia models and there are also talks of a more frugal hybrid derivative but that won't probably be available from day one. A coupe version should follow a year after the sedan's launch and there also might be a five-door GT hatchback variant for United States and Canada.

Gallery: Next generation Hyundai Elantra makes spy photo debut, cabin pics included

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