SEOUL, South Korea — The redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan, sporting a sleek look that appears to be borrowed from the Hyundai Genesis, was teased by the automaker ahead of an expected debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
He said it was designed to look "like a very expensive vehicle."
Pricing has not been announced.
The teaser sketch shows the 2017 Elantra's front end, which is dominated by a long hood, large hexagonal grille and slim headlights.
"This car indicates a move from traditional to modern styling by communicating the new model's comfort, fashion and sporty feel," said Peter Schreyer, president and chief design officer at Hyundai Motor, in a statement.
Upgrades are expected to include a quieter cabin, improved ride and higher-quality interior materials.
No details were provided on the car's powertrains.
Details about the 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback were not disclosed. The Elantra coupe was dropped during the 2014 model year.
Hyundai said the 2017 Elantra was critiqued by a recent consumer study, "where the Elantra's striking appearance saw it ranked ahead of its key rivals."
Zuchowski said the redesigned Elantra was reviewed against the Civic, Focus, Mazda 3 and Corolla.
"It did very well against its competitors," he said. "We are very optimistic. It is very important for us.
Edmunds says: A new-and-improved Hyundai Elantra sedan with a dramatic new look and upmarket aspirations is headed to dealerships in just a few months.