We first saw the 2017 Hyundai Elantra in the flesh earlier this year under its South Korean moniker ‘Avante’, but it was at the 2017 L.A Auto Show that we got our camera lenses on the U.S. version 2017 Hyundai Elantra for the first time. It’s not untold for manufacturers to sneak in some major changes when a vehicle comes across the water. So what does the Korean manufacturer have in store for its best-selling Elantra in the U.S.? Let’s take a first look…

The 2.0L 4-Cylinder engine offers 33 MPG Combined

The SE and Limited trim of the 2017 Hyundai features a more powerful 2.0L 4-cylinder pushing 147 HP and 179 Nm of torque. The chassis is lighter and more aerodynamic, allowing the gasoline engine to give you a fantastic combined 33 miles to the gallon when paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission. A manual transmission is an option on the SE trim.

Eco Version Available in the Spring Offering Over 40 MPG on the Highway

All-new for this iteration is the 1.4L GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will be equipped in the Elantra Eco. With 128 HP and 211 Nm of torque, the Hyundai Elantra Eco has a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It is expected to give you over 40 MPG on the highway and around 35 MPG combined.

Through the grapevine we’ve heard there’s also a Hyundai Elantra sport version in the works, perhaps with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

A More Mature Styling

Hyundai has been aggressively applying its new design language to its entire range, and the Elantra is no different. The design is attractive and clean; with close inspection you’ll see a lot of new details that set a more conservative tone. The grille is more angular, the headlights are sharper and the roofline extends further, giving the 2017 Elantra a style closer to a coupe. The 2017 Elantra is both longer and wider by around an inch, officially making it a midsize sedan. That’s been put to good use inside as 15 cubic feet more interior room is available.

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Elantra Tech Now Leads in its Class

Hyundai has deployed its Blue Link telematics system in the 2017 Elantra, allowing for increased connectively with smart phones and wearables. For the first time you’ll be able to interact with your Elantra using a smart watch. Android Auto is now available on the touchscreen and there’s provision for Siri Eyes-Free and Pandora. Apple CarPlay support is expected to be added after launch.

Now leading the pack in its class for amenities, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra has a hands-free automatic trunk release, automatic door handle LED lights and driver seat position memory.

The Safest Elantra Yet

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra safety features have also been mightily improved. It has a stiffer body and a new rear suspension design. There’s two times as much high-strength steel compared to the 2016 model. Driver aids are vamped up too, with available blind spot monitoring, lane assist, automatic emergency brakes and adaptive cruise control.

Availability

So when can you get one? The 2017 Hyundai Elantra will be available from dealers in January 2016, and the Elantra Eco edition will first be available in spring 2016.