The all-new 2017 Elantra Eco comes well equipped with a new fuel efficient turbocharged powertrain, advanced safety features and user-friendly technology all starting at $20,650.
The 2017 Elantra Eco is on sale now with three trims, including the value packed SE, the premium appointed Limited and the new Eco model.
The Eco is an all new trim for Elantra that offers consumers enhanced fuel efficiency with a 1.4liter turbocharged and direct injected powertrain combined with standard high demand features such as Blind Spot Detection and a 7 inch display audio system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ support.
Exclusive to the Elantra Eco is an all new efficient 1.4 liter Kappa turbocharged GDI 4 cylinder engine with 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a robust 156 lb ft. of torque at a low 1,400 ~ 3,700 rpm. This engine is mated to a new seven speed EcoShift® dual clutch transmission providing dynamic and efficient driving performance through its optimized gear ratios and seamless shifting. With this innovative powertrain, the Elantra Eco delivers an impressive 35 mpg combined, 32 city and 40 mpg highway on regular unleaded gasoline and could result in an average annual fuel cost of just $950 (source: fueleconomy.gov).
An integrated cylinder head and exhaust manifold help to improve fuel economy at higher engine speeds, while an optimized straight intake port increases tumble flow for fast combustion, suppressing knock tendency to further enhance efficiency. In addition, all Elantras are equipped with a new Drive Mode Select feature that adjusts both powertrain performance and steering effort, allowing the driver to customize the driving character by selecting from three modes: Eco, Normal or Sport, simply by touching a button on the center console.
The Elantra Eco shares the same bold aerodynamic design and signature hexagonal grille with the rest of the Hyundai Elantra lineup, but distinguishes itself with an “Eco” badge and unique 15 inch alloy wheels. Standard vertical LED daytime running lights add a distinctive front light signature along with thoughtful door handle welcome lights for improved visibility at night. The Eco also includes Elantra’s segment exclusive hands-free Smart Trunk, allowing drivers to conveniently open the trunk if their hands are full by simply approaching the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in a purse or pocket. An audible beep will sound three times, and the trunk will automatically open, making it easy to place items in the cargo area.
On the inside, the Elantra Eco’s driver-oriented design provides class above interior roominess, high quality materials and premium technology features for intuitive control. The Eco prominently features a 7.0 inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera and includes Apple CarPlay and Android™ Auto.
These smartphone integration options prevent driver distraction by providing seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used compatible smartphone functions including app- based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, plus any approved smartphone apps.
Additional premium convenience features for the Eco include proximity key with push button start, heated front seats, dual automatic temperature control, and a leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio, cruise and phone controls.
The 2017 Elantra is expected to receive top safety ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA with its standard seven airbag system including a new driver’s knee airbag. Elantra’s safety performance is reinforced through its rigid chassis composed of 53 percent advanced high strength steel and a 40x increase in structural adhesive application, also providing significant improvements in vehicle ride and handling, quietness, durability and driving performance.
The Elantra Eco provides additional driver assistance with standard Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, further enhancing the vehicle’s safety in helping drivers to prevent accidents.
The 2017 Elantra also offers additional advanced safety technologies available on the Limited trim with Ultimate package which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with class exclusive Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System and High Beam Assist.
The $17k 2017 Hyundai Elantra base SE model will feature a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder and 6 speed manual. While the $20k Eco model boasts a Kappa 1.4 T 4 cylinder engine and 7 speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission. And the top-of-the-line Limited model, on sale for $22k features a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine matched to a 6 speed automatic transmission with ShiftTronic.