Even though the Elantra isn’t the best selling small family car in the US it is certainly one of the better looking and more intriguing out there. Thanks to its look and the great ride it offers, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra will be one of the more balanced cars in its class but it does lacks a few features which ultimately made it sell less than the competition. With the current model being sold for 5 years there is going to be a replacement quite soon. The new Elantra is firstly going to be launched as a concept car at the middle of 2015 and the production model will be ready by the end of 2015. Considering there are a few spy shots available as well as a bit of information about what we might get, we can go ahead and safely assume that Hyundai Elantra 2016 is going to be a nice improvement over the previous car.
2016 Hyundai Elantra redesign
The exterior of the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra will also change in order to cope with the current market. From the spy shots we can see a similar shape but the old headlights are gone in the favor of a new type of slim LED ones. The front and rear bumper also seem to change, offering slightly smaller air intakes as well as a hidden exhaust at the back. Unfortunately we don’t have much information about the interior of the Hyundai Elantra 2016 but it is safe to assume that it will also be upgraded in one way or another. For starters, the room for the back seats is expected to increase slightly which would allow up to 2 full size men to sit comfortably. The materials are likely to be the same which is not bad considering the Elantra is one of the better built cars in its class.
Hyundai Elantra 2016 engine
Let’s start with the engines because these were quite poor in the older model even though they were powerful enough, none of them really delivered the great feeling others had. It seems that the next 2016 Hyundai Elantra is going to receive a similar 1.8-liter inline which will make around 160 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful version though is likely to be discontinued and replaced with a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI unit which would provide the Hyundai Elantra 2016 around 200 horsepower which would be more than enough to make it interesting on the road.
As far as the transmission goes, we know that it will get a 6-speed manual as standard but the automatic might be upgraded from 6- to 8-speeds which would mean a massive improvement. Performance will be on par with the previous generation but the fuel consumption is likely to increase, especially for the turbocharged version.
2016 Hyundai Elantra release date and price
The next 2016 Hyundai Elantra will be launched as a concept car at the middle of 2015 and the production model will be ready by the end of 2015. Price of the Hyundai Elantra 2016 will be almost unchanged and will have price tag around $18,000.