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2017 Hyundai Elantra Boosts Safety, Fuel Economy

November 18, 2015

Photo of 2017 Hyundai Elantra by Paul Clinton.
Photo of 2017 Hyundai Elantra by Paul Clinton.

Hyundai has updated its Elantra compact sedan for 2017 with a new aerodynamic design, efficient powertrains for enhanced fuel economy, noise insulation, and added safety features.

The 2017 Elantra, which was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will arrive at Hyundai dealers in January. The new Elantra will offer two powertrains.

The standard engine available on the base SE and a Limited trim is a 2.0-liter Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine producing 147 hp at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm (estimated).

The second powertrain is a 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine equipped on the Elantra Eco trim, available in Spring 2016. This engine produces 128 hp at 5,500 rpm and a robust 156 lb.-ft. of torque and will be mated to an EcoShift 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Eco trim is projected to achieve an estimated 35 mpg combined rating based on internal testing.

This 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine is paired with either a standard 6-speed manual transmission (available only on the SE trim) or Elantra’s 6-speed automatic transmission. The new automatic has an overall 3.3% increase in efficiency for optimized fuel economy.

A new valve body improves gear shift responsiveness and control, while an optimization in oil pump size aids in improving operating efficiency. A multi-clutch torque converter is a new addition that allows more control over lock-up. Finally, rolling resistance and friction are minimized by adopting double angular ball bearings.

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