While Ford continues to tease information about the new Explorer, Hyundai is teasing the Elantra with an interior photo before the car makes its U.S. debut.
The interior shot likely shows a loaded Elantra (called Avante in Korea) with black leather seats, a navigation system, and electroluminescent gauges. Even without these high-end features, though, the center console’s design is far more interesting than the interior styling on the outgoing model, which is pictured at right for comparison.
The steering wheel’s silver accented curves are echoed in the dark gray trim that sweeps from around the gear shift to either side of the navigation display. The air vents, too, are stylized to fit with the upward sweep of trim. Yes, it’s a bold design but we’re eager to determine the quality of the materials used inside the car.
We can see that some form of parking sensors will be an option, but then, that’s what we guessed in a recent video of the car driving in a parking lot.
Hyundai describes the new Elantra’s design concept as “Wind Craft,” not mentioning fluidic sculpture. Regardless of what questionable design language label you use, the upcoming Elantra is clearly preparing to battle the Mazda3 and 2012 Ford Focus at the more expensive side of the compact market while still maintaining an inexpensive presence as well.