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Los Angeles 2013: Hyundai unveils updated 2014 Elantra

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The Hyundai Elantra gets a number of updates for 2014, as seen at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The popular compact will arrive at Canadian dealerships early next year.

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra L, GL, and GLS all use a 1.8L 4-cylinder ''Nu'' engine rated at 145 horsepower, while the Limited model houses a new 2.0L engine with direct injection that produces 173 horsepower. The Elantra Coupe and Elantra GT also benefit from the larger mill.

A 6-speed manual gearbox comes standard, while a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual mode is optional. All Elantras feature Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM).

Hyundai Elantra 2014
Hyundai Elantra 2014. (Photo: Hyundai)

The ''Fluidic Sculpture'' design language helps the 2014 Hyundai Elantra achieve a drag coefficient of just 0.28 in Sedan and Coupe form (GT: 0.30). L-shaped fog lights, new 16'' and 17'' wheels, and chrome exhaust tips are some of the exterior highlights of the new Elantra.

The interior boasts a redesigned dashboard, a new sound and navigation system, and a 4.3'' touchscreen with backup camera (a 7'' display is available with the Elantra GT). The trunk can swallow up to 420 litres of luggage, while the GT's cargo area expands from 651 to 1,444 litres when you fold the rear seats.

Standard safety features on the 2014 Hyundai Elantra include Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Brake Assist, and six airbags, among others.

Prices and fuel consumption ratings for the 2014 Hyundai Elantra models will be revealed at a later date.