Like its big sister Sonata, the 2015 Hyundai Elantra will be all-new in terms of design. With the new model will come new infotainment options that present a robust choice for shoppers in the segment.
According to the official press release from Hyundai, the 2015 Hyundai Elantra will get standard XM satellite radio even in the base audio package, which will also include AM, FM, CD, and MP3 support as well as USB, AUX, and iPod jacks. That system will send its sounds through six speakers, which is a slight improvement over some subcompact segment autos that only offer four speakers in their base setup.
Move upmarket to the optional audio/infotainment system, and you get to ditch the base system’s monocrhome LCD display in favor of a full-color 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen LCD that can display the output of the rearview camera that also comes with the upgraded system. In either the base or the upgraded system, you get enhanced voice recognition as compared to previous Elantras, and a jukebox feature that allows copying songs from a USB device into an embedded media storage drive within the head unit. And of course, Bluetooth is present in both systems as well.
Upgrade one step further to the 2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport or the Elantra Limited, and you get the option of a seven-inch touchscreen display with navigation, Hyundai said. The premium infotainment unit also has an aftermarket-style external amplifier cranking out a reported 360 watts. The release described it as simpler to use than previous Hyundai head units:
This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a cell phone and the voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes complete most functions. The system also allows for viewing and storing of jpeg images and MP3 music files from a USB stick. The SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services, such as NavWeather, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker.
The premium head unit also gets Pandora internet radio app integration, the release said. By connecting your phone or other internet-connected device to the system via USB cable, you can fully control Pandora through the Hyundai Elantra infotainment interface.
Combined with the coming 2015 Hyundai Sonata refresh that includes some new, high-tech powertrain options, this news about the 2015 Hyundai Elantra’s improved infotainment options is making it sound like 2015 is going to be a pretty great year for new Hyundais. We’ll let you know what we think if and when Hyundai sends either of those new-for-2015 models our way. As for now, we’re test-driving the last of the current-generation Hyundai Sonatas, a 2014 model. Watch this space for our reviews on that car soon.