• Dec 28th 2009 at 2:29PM
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The compact C-segment is shaping up to be a real battleground over the next couple of years with some very stylish new entries. Chevrolet and Ford will, of course, have the Cruze and the all-new Focus – and the Honda Civic is due for a substantial refresh in another year or two. Not to be outdone, the next-generation Hyundai Elantra should arrive in about a year and it looks like it will be following the pattern set by the swoopy mid-size YF Sonata that just debuted at the LA Auto Show.
We've recently seen spy shots of the Elantra's exterior that shares many cues with the Sonata and looks like that carries over inside as well. Judging by these new spy shots, the Elantra will be getting a similar hooded instrument cluster and prominent center stack. Interestingly, the central air vents are located comparatively low on the dashboard below the audio controls.

Interestingly, the car pictured uses a gated shift lever, as the pre-production Sonatas that we saw did. However, the production Sonata will have a straight PRNDL shift pattern with a leather boot and we suspect the Elantra will follow a similar route.

[Source: Hyundai-Blog]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Vents are kind of low.
      Not just THIS one, but I am of the opinion that I'd like most of the dash to be angled toward ME, the driver. I rarely have an occupant AND one that I want fidgeting with stuff on the dash.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks nice! Mimics the 2011 Sonata interior. It does look a bit overdone but I think Toyota/Lexus dashes are overdone! lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is nice to see what looks like a regular key. Way to go Hyundai for not jumping on the pointless pushbutton trend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've seen that cluster before...on the Fiesta!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tacky as Toyhondas go.
      • 5 Years Ago


      compared to the next sonata and tucson interior this one is polarizing. Absolutely unpractical how the low the vents are and there are just way too many diff blends of color.

      They took the basic design off of the genesis coupe and made it ugly.

      I really did like the current generation elantra's interior design and quality and they should have just evolved it from there.

      The interior looks like something from a chinese car maker

      • 5 Years Ago
      10000000081x better than the Forte interior. Unfortunately I think the Forte is going to have the better looking exterior, depending on how the Elantra ends up (I'm not a fan of most "4 door coupes."

      So the question is, when can the Forte have this interior? Eh, who am I trying to fool, I'll probably be shopping elsewhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks over-done.
      Like they are trying too-hard to look modern/futuristic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you seen the outside of the Sonata? It flows perfectly with the outside, so it's consistently overdone and should be fine sense it all balances out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ehhh... looks like they took a camaro approach to the interior.. I don't like it too much.. reminds of something i've seen in a concept vehicle that was never built... the exterior looks nice though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dunno about NA market Sonatas, but KDM Sonata's have a gated PRND with tiptronic or whatever they call it now...maybe its a cultural thing lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog's got it wrong. GLS and Limited Sonatas will have a gated shifter with a SHIFTRONIC gate to the side at the bottom. Only SE will have one with a straight pattern and paddle shifters on the wheel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look, this is a preproduction interior on a test mule. The real interior will continue the evolution of the high quality current gen Elantra interior with its splotches of Audi quality platics here and there, which Edmunds said it was better value to a Base SAAB 9-3 on the Touring Model.

      If the Korean Scion (KIA) Forte can get leather for $1K extra on the mid trim, then Korean Chrysler (Hyundai) will have a very high quality interior in this Elantra at a very affordable price.

      I know some of you dont like push button start, but GLS and SE trims of this car will get it. The Cheap Blue Trims, which I think this is Blue Trim Model still looks nice inside despit the drab grayness.

      I guess the point that the inside guys who leaked the photos wanted us to see, "If a majoity of the people like the Interior eveni this cheap drab gray trim, then we did a good job."

      Just check the Autoblog archives. I bet there's some pre-production Sonata photos, and that interior looked pretty much as unpolished as this Elantra here.

      They just wanted to know what we thought about it, so they can make a few tweaks as neccessary. Thats plain as day, and that's why these pics got out.
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