The next-generation version of the Hyundai Elantra sedan, also known as the Avante in many parts of the world, will make its global debut in 2015. Currently in its 5th generation, the 6th generation model of the Elantra will see a complete refurbish in terms of design, features and mechanicals.
After making its global debut in 1990, the Elantra has been a hot seller for Hyundai across multiple generations. In India, the car made its debut in the early noughties. The first Elantra that India got was the third generation model, which was launched here in 2004. Skipping a generation, Hyundai launched the fifth and current generation Elantra here in 2012.
The Elantra Fluidic, after making a successful debut in 2012 and going on to top the hustings in India, is now under big pressure from the latest generation Toyota Corolla Altis. Hyundai has planned a makeover for the car in India next year even as its home market in South Korea will get the 6th generation version of the sedan, which is expected to land here in 2016.
Hyundai has moved on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy for its new cars, a new iteration of the Fluidic design philosophy that the South Korean brand has used to stunning effect on almost all its cars. The new design philosophy goes easy on the curves to make the latest crop of Hyundai cars looks more mature, and in a sense Teutonic.
The South Korean car brand is also working hard to give its cars an element of fun. To this end, the automaker now runs a test facility at the famed Nurburgring in Germany, a place where it hones the ride and handling of its future cars. The automaker has also recently hired former BMW’s M Division head, as its high performance vehicle division’s chief.
The next-generation version of the Elantra is likely to be a more sober looking automobile with sharper handling characteristics. Considering the fact that Toyota ha turned out an impressive looking automobile in the form of the latest generation Corolla Altis, Hyundai will have its task cut out as far as the next-generation Elantra is concerned.