Just because a car is sold throughout the world, it doesn’t mean it’s offered the same way in every country. An example of this is the 2014 Hyundai Avante, which is essentially the Korean version of the U.S.-spec Elantra. And among the features that will be offered on the Avante — one that isn’t yet confirmed for the ‘States — is a self-parking feature.
Hyundai recently teased the updated 2014 Avante in a blog posted on its home-market website. Among the new details is a Smart Parking Assist System, an advanced technology item already offered in a few U.S.-spec cars like various Mercedes-Benz and Ford/Lincoln models. We couldn’t get further details on the Avante’s self-parking feature (the blog is written in Korean), but a picture does disclose a few of the system’s tricks. In addition to parallel parking, Hyundai’s Smart Parking Assist System will navigate the compact car into perpendicular spots as well. Drivers select the type of parking spot on the infotainment touchscreen.
A Hyundai spokesperson wouldn’t say if the feature will eventually make it to the U.S.-spec Elantra, which is scheduled to be refreshed for model-year 2014. He also reiterated the fact that Hyundai has always offered a much more varied features list in its home market. The Elantra is currently available with a number of impressive features like rear heated seats and a Driver Selectable Steering Mode system (in the Elantra GT), so the addition of a self-parking system would only add to the compact car’s list of bragging rights.