LOS ANGELES, CA: A lot is riding on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra which made its global debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show.
The Elantra is one of the brand’s all-time best selling models with the new, sixth generation befitting from a bold aerodynamic design with sophisticated styling, all-new efficient powertrains for enhanced fuel economy, better ride quality and noise insulation and comprehensive safety with class-above features.
Arriving in dealerships in mid January, Elantra features Hyundai’s now signature hexagonal grille including available HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights and unique vertical LED daytime running lights which are firsts for Elantra.
Interestingly, the front lower fascia blends in functional front wheel air curtains, a component that is derived from the Sonata Hybrid that helps manage air flow from the front of the vehicle and around the wheels to minimize turbulence and wind resistance.
Available are premium features like 17-inch alloy wheels, all-new LED door handle approach lights, side mirror LED turn signal indicators and LED taillights with high tech graphics.
Another interesting feature is seats in either cloth or available leather made of SoyFoam, environmentally friendly seating foam.
Despite being officially a compact car, the Elantra’s 110.2 interior volume makes it a U.S. EPA mid-size sedan.
There will be two engines with a standard 2.0-litre Atkinson Cycle inline four-cylinder producing 147 hp and 132 lb/ft of torque. There is a choice of a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission.
The other engine is Hyundai’s new 1.4-litre direct injection turbo four-cylinder with 128 hp and 156 lb/ft of torque with seven-speed, dual clutch automatic transmission.
The fourth-generation 2017 Kia Sportage made its North American debut in LA featuring a stiffer structure, new suspension, advanced driver assistance systems and premium materials.
The Sportage is Kia’s longest running nameplate.
The 2017 Sportage is offered in front- or all-wheel-drive, both coupled with a six-speed Sportmatic transmission. The Dynamax intelligent AWD system is available on every trim and features a 50/50 locking center differential.
The new Sportage LX and EX model are fitted with a 2.4-litre direct injection four-cylinder engine with 181 hp and 175 lb/ft of torque.
The toptrim SX comes with the 2.0-litre direct injection turbo four-cylinder with 241 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque.
Also on the Kia stand receiving much interest was convertible version of the mid-size Optima sedan in Robin’s Egg blue.
A supposed one-off for the recent SEMA show in Las Vegas, Kia was mum about a possible production version.