We're not even halfway through 2020 but Hyundai is already previewing their upcoming models for the next year. There were the i20 and i30 which made their online debuts, along with the Genesis G70 luxury sedan. There's another one you can add to that list, and that is the next-generation Elantra.
The current-generation Elantra first came out in 2015 meaning by 2021, it would have been six years old by that time. That also means that the present Elantra will have a relatively long life cycle. It was facelifted last year to follow the current design language of other Hyundai models in the range, but the upcoming model's redesign appears much more dramatic and radical.
Hyundai has previewed the seventh-generation Elantra through a sketch and a teaser video. We get a full view of its flanks in the sketch and a little more of the car in the (very) short film. By the looks of things, it seems to follow the theme started by its bigger brother, the Sonata.
For 2021, the Elantra now adapts a sleek, coupe-like roofline, which is somewhat becoming common in sedans these days. There are also loads of folds, creases, and lines on its doors and fenders while the window sills are set high, giving it slim-looking windows. With its profile, the all-new Elantra appears to be a much longer car than the car it will soon replace.
Judging from the video, it seems that the car's front end will draw more inspiration from the full-sized Grandeur than mid-sized Sonata. There's a wide, hexagonal grill, and dynamic looking headlights that extend all the way to the fenders. As for the rear, there's a slim LED strip that runs across the trunk and is flanked by polygonal tail lights. It is possible that the Elantra might have a similar trunk design as the aforementioned Sonata.
The interior redesign looks just as dramatic as the exterior. Hyundai sketched out a minimalist-themed dash with as little buttons as possible. The cabin follows a wraparound design with a 'band' surrounding the front occupants. Also, the instrument cluster and infotainment screen have a one-piece look in a bid to make it appear more cohesive and in tune with the overall design theme. Of course, it might be toned down once photos of the production model are out.
Hyundai isn't revealing anything else at the moment, including the engines. Turbo gas mills will definitely be included in the powertrain range, given the trend of downsizing engines these days. However, non-turbo engines might still be options for the Elantra, depending on where it will be sold. Diesel models might be offered as well, along with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra will be launched on March 17, 2020.