Hyundai's redesigned Elantra sedan gets more streamlined styling, higher engine output, better fuel economy and improved driving dynamics through use of lightweight high-strength steel and an overhauled suspension.
The revamped Elantra was unveiled last week in Seoul and is expected to appear in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Engineers aimed to dampen noise and vibration with reworked windshield wipers, thicker door glass and rear-wheel insulation, Hyundai said.
Hyundai said the new Elantra includes a seat that remembers a driver's preferred seating position, autonomous emergency braking, automatic dimming of high-beam lights and blind-spot detection. It also gets rear cross-traffic alert and a hands-free auto-opening trunk.
The new Elantra is slightly longer and wider than the current version and more rigid, thanks to a 32 percent boost in the use of high-strength steel. Stylists pursued a more refined look accented by slim, sporty headlights and clean surfaces.
The new car goes on sale this year in South Korea, where it is called the Avante. Hyundai did not say when it would arrive in other markets. The U.S. version is manufactured in Montgomery, Ala.