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Hyundai’s Best Seller Has New Eco Model

It could be understood if Hyundai rested on its laurels and let the top-selling Elantra just keep cruising along. The automaker decided to re-tool the sexy sedan for its sixth generation in 2017. One of the major changes was the edition of an Eco model to the lineup. Coming to Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale in the spring of next year, the Eco model has a brand new turbo I-4 engine, which is expected to achieve 35 miles per gallon combined between city and highway driving. The engine, which generates 128 horsepower, will be partnered with a twin clutch, seven-speed transmission. It will be the most fuel-efficient entry in the Hyundai lineup.

New Standard Engine for Other Elantras

Hyundai has also retooled its engine for non-Eco models, coming up with a 2.0-liter power plant that produces 147 horsepower. Buyers of the base model will have their choice between a stick shift or automatic. All other trim levels come with a standard automatic. Although the EPA has not tested the engine yet, Hyundai expects a rating of 29 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Choose One of Three Driving Modes

The new 2017 Hyundai Elantra will offer a choice of three driving modes; Normal, Sport or Eco. Normal is the mid range, providing a mix of good gas mileage and performance. Switch to Sport mode for a more thrilling driving experience, while Eco mode gets the best gas mileage. A newly-designed six-speed automatic transmission improves fuel efficiency by reducing the friction inside the unit. A larger transmission pump also helps the system work more smoothly.

More Steel Equals Stronger Body

By adding more high-strength steel to the Elantra’s body, Hyundai has created a stronger body that is actually lighter in weight. The company is borrowing technology from the aircraft industry, using aeronautical structural adhesives to bond parts of the car together. Hyundai also reworked the Elantra’s suspension system, configuring the geometry of the rear suspension and shock absorbers to provide a better ride and handling.

Google and Apple Functionality Coming to Infotainment System

Along with providing connectivity for Android and Apple phones, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra has a new infotainment system that comes with either a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen that provides a split screen mode to show both music and navigation information. Hands-free connectivity helps you keep your attention focused on the road. The company is also doubling the amount of USB ports, so everyone can charge their mobile devices. See all the changes when the new Elantra comes to Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale next spring.