Hyundai South Korea has released several images and preliminary details with the KDM-spec 2016 Avante.

Hyundai South Korea has released several images and preliminary details with the KDM-spec 2016 Avante.

Looking substantially different than the outgoing model, Hyundai's new compact sedan has grown in size as its 20 mm longer (at 4,570 mm), 25 mm wider (at 1,800 mm) and 5 mm taller (at 1,440 mm) while the wheelbase has remained the same at 2700 mm. The front end is dominated by a large hexagonal front grille featuring chrome accents while the Jaguar-esque headlights are teamed up with LED daytime running lights on the higher-spec models.

The side profile shows a familiar silhouette with a somewhat sloped roofline, new alloy wheel designs and chromed door handles likely on the more expensive versions whereas the lesser models get body-colored handles. Moving at the back, the taillights resemble those of the outgoing generation but their width has decreased a little bit as they don't seem to extend that much onto the sides. There also seems to be a subtle trunk lid spoiler and a shark fin antenna in the same vein as its predecessor.

We don't have official images with the cabin just yet, but in a recent set of spy shots there was a pic with the cabin which will look very similar to other recent Hyundai products. That car had a new three-spoke steering wheel packed with buttons, along with an 8-inch display for the infotainment system as well as an 8-speaker JBL sound system, alloy pedals and the 7-speed DCT. Overall, it's not a bad effort but it could have been a little bit more exciting. Hopefully, the official images of the interior will improve on the initial impression.

In terms of engines, the KDM-spec Avante will be available with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel producing 136 PS teamed up with a six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. There's also a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter with 132 PS along with a larger 2.0-liter gasoline unit pushing out 149 PS and an LPG-compatible 1.6 unit engine rated at 120 PS.

Hyundai mentions they have reduced the drag coefficient to 0.27 Cd and will offer the new Avante with plenty of safety kit including seven airbags, lane departure warning, smart high-beam assist, smart cruise control and other as well.

An official introduction of the international version should occur very soon and we expect the model to look virtually the same as the KDM variant featured here.

Gallery: 2016 Hyundai Elantra / Avante first official images and details published