Emmy Hall here with your latest edition of Auto Complete.
Now just because folks are social distancing these days doesn't mean new cars won't be revealed.
Yesterday Hyundai streamed its reveal of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra.
Over the interwebs and introduced the world to what might possibly be the wildest Compact Sedan on the market.
Now first let's talk looks.
Yes the new Elantra is lower, longer and wider but what really catches my eye is that Creased silhouette, I haven't really seen anything like it before.
The folks at Hyundai design say it's meant to elicit a strong emotional response and, mission accomplished you all, I literally gasped when I first saw it.
Moving around to the front, there is a beautiful cascading grill.
A finely sculpted hood, and more jewel-cut panels on the lower fascia.
Meanwhile, the rear stands out with a distinct light signature, and a sharply sloping roofline giving it a coup-like appearance despite the four doors.
Comparing the Elantra design to others in its class, well, it really stands out The Volkswagen Jetta might be the safe pedestrian choice while the Mazda three is trying to be the most sophisticated.
The Nissan Sentra blew us away with its upmarket look, but that too looks really tame next to the Hyundai.
You could say that the Toyota Corolla has some forward looking design, especially in the front end, but I think it's the Honda Civic that comes closest to the Elantras aggressive design language.
But that's really just in a civic hatchback with sharp lines and vents.
The Civic Sedan Well, that's much more tame.
Now moving inside you'll find all kinds of luxury tech features like two available 10.25 inch screens doing infotainment and gauge cluster duties, wireless Apple Car play and Android Auto and natural speech recognition.
So all you have to do is say turn on my heated seat and the car complies.
Further, the new Elantra has a digital key, so you can open the car and start it up just by using your phone.
As we're driving aids the laundry doesn't do quite as well as say the Toyota Corolla, which has many more Ada s feature standard.
But drivers will get Forward Collision Avoidance Lane Keeping and Lane following a standard.
But if you want the real goodies like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring, you're gonna have to pony up extra.
And what are the power train?
Well, there will be two options and I can't believe I'm saying this but it seems like the hybrid is going to be the more fun, at least on paper.
While the standard two litre will generate 147 horsepower and 132 pound feet of torque, the 1.6 liter in the hybrid is made it to a 32 kilowatt electric motor and that pushes out 139 horses and up to 195 pound feet of torque.
Plus it's made it to a six speed dual clutch transmission and it's projected to get an EPA combined fuel rating of 50 miles per gallon.
So sign me up.
We have no word on pricing and it remains to be seen if this stunning redesign and all these luxury features will sway folks from buying crossovers and SUVs.
The sales of small and mid sized crossovers keep increasing but Hyundai might just have something wild enough to entice younger buyers.
If the price is right.
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