The new Hyundai Elantra has been unveiled, with the seventh-generation version switching from a traditional sedan body style to what the Korean firm describes as a “four-door coupé” look.

Hyundai says the newcomer is longer (at 4 620 mm), lower (at 1 435 mm tall) and wider (1 800 mm) than its predecessor, while its wheelbase has been extended to 2 700 mm. The brand describes the new Elantra’s suspension arrangement (which includes a fully independent multilink setup at the rear) as offering a “taut yet comfortable” ride.

Up front, you’ll notice the “parametric jewel-pattern” grille with integrated indicators along with the latest interpretation of the company’s cascading grille. Round back, there’s a horizontal line extending across the centre of the bootlid as well as distinctive new taillamps.

Inside, Hyundai has employed something it dubs an “immersive cocoon” layout, designed to envelop the driver “like an airplane cockpit”. The large digital interface – with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – comprises two connected 10,25-inch displays (although one is optional, with an eight-inch screen shipping standard), while a 64-color mood lighting system is also offered.

In the United States, the new Elantra will be available with a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre petrol engine generating 110 kW and 179 N.m, and linked to what Hyundai calls an “intelligent variable transmission” with a chain-design belt.

North American markets will also receive a new hybrid powertrain featuring a 1,6-litre petrol mill (using a six-speed dual-clutch transmission) and a permanent-magnet electric motor powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1,32 kWh of capacity (the latter sited under the rear seats). Total system output for this model is 104 kW and 264 N.m.

All manner of driver assistance features are available, from forward collision-avoidance assist to high-beam assist. In addition, the new Elantra will be offered with an optional smartphone-based digital key.