Cars from Japan and South Korea are always interesting to see in every single auto show. They always introduce latest concept cars or new cars that is ready to be sold with affordable price. And 2015 LA Auto Show is no exception. Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, and Subaru shows off its latest line-up for coupe and sedan market.
Honda choose 2015 LA Auto Show to introduce latest Civic Coupe to the crowd. The Japanese automaker has done some restyling for exterior design. If you looked at it from the front side, you won’t notice the difference between coupe and sedan. Walk to the side of the car and you’ll see that Civic Coupe has a lower line design from A-pillar. And the C-pillar is 1-inch lower than sedan version. And at the rear, Honda redesigned the taillights and rear bumper. Meanwhile the spoiler is to give a sporty look.
There’s no changes for interior design. It looks the same with the sedan version. The headroom for rear passengers are changed due to lower line design. Civic Coupe is powered by 2.0 liter producing 158 hp and 1.5 liter turbo delivers 174 hp. Both of the engines are mated to CVT transmission or 6-speed manual transmission. 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will go on sale in March 2016.
After releasing in its home market, the South Korea car company, Hyundai introduced the sixth-generation of Elantra at 2015 LA Auto Show. The company with italic H logo hopes that the newest Elantra will more competitive in compact sedan segment.
The exterior design for 2017 Elantra looks more simple than its predecessor which wore Fluidic design language. But it doesn’t mean it looks boring and plain. Overall, the all-new Elantra looks elegant. Up front, there is oval headlights, a hexagonal grille which has become Hyundai’s identity, and boomerang-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights. And at the rear, there are new LED taillights that consist of three red lights.
For the dimension, the new compact sedan is 4,569 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, 1,435 mm tall, and 2,692 mm wheelbase. It means that 2 mm longer, and 2.54 mm wider than its previous generation. Meanwhile the new model has the same height and wheelbase as the outgoing model.
Under the hood, Hyundai’s engineers put 2.0 liter 4-cylinder produces 147 hp and 179 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic gearbox. Another choice of engine is 1.4 liter turbo Kappa GDI delivers 128 hp and 211 Nm of torque. The turbo machine is mated to 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 2017 Elantra comes with seven airbags (including a new driver’s knee one), Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System as standard. Depending on the trim, there are two infotainment systems available with the latest connectivity, including iOS and Android integration.
2017 Hyundai Elantra is planned to be launched in 2016 for US market.
One of Hyundai Elantra rival, Nissan Sentra just got a refreshment and it makes its debut at the same event like 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Compared to its previous model, the updated Sentra looks more aggressive and sportier from the front side. At a glance, it looks like the latest Maxima which is that a good thing. There are boomerang-shaped headlights that are accompanied by LED Daytime Running Lights, and a trapezoidal grille with chrome accent. And at the rear, we can see the redesigned LED taillights and a rear bumper.
In the cabin, Nissan has done good job. There is a new steering wheel, a new instrument cluster, and even a new shift knob. The instrument panel features a new TFT LCD display with higher resolution than older LCD screens – though Sentra SV, SR and SL spec models also come with a 5″ Advanced Drive-Assist display found between the tachometer and speedometer.
The 2016 Sentra is available with Nissan Connect Services powered by SiriusXM. The system comes with emergency preparedness, remote access, customizable alerts and convenience services (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), and it allows the driver to set customized alerts such as speed, curfew and boundary notifications for family and friends.
The compact sedan is still have 1.8 liter 4-cylinder delivers 130 hp that is mated to 6-speed manual gearbox or Xtronic transmission. 2016 Nissan Sentra will go on sale in next December.
Two years ago, at the 2013 New York Auto Show, Subaru introduced a hot and cool-looking WRX Concept that was rumored to be a preview of next-gen of Impreza. And this year, the Japanese automaker unveiled the updated concept at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show (hatchback), and this year’s LA Auto Show (sedan).
Compared to WRX Concept, the latest concept car is less aggressive but it’s still a fancy concept car. The sedan version that made its debut at Los Angeles, brings the same exterior design as a hatchback. Front, we can see a hexagonal grille, and hawk-inspired LED headlamps. Meanwhile at the rear, there are C-shaped LED taillights and a big exhaust.
Overall, the concept is looking great. But, don’t expect too much when you’ll see a production version that probably will make its debut next year. Because Subaru is well-known good in making a concept car, but lame when it goes to production line. But I’m still hope Subaru will make the next generation Impreza as cool as its concept.
Text: Andhika Pradityo
Photos: Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, & Subaru