Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Hyundai | posted September 09, 2015 19:00
Best-selling compact sedan gets new engines and more features
Hyundai has officially unveiled its best-selling model, the Elantra, in Korea. The all-new Elantra marks the sixth generation of the compact sedan. Unveiled in Korea as the Avante, the sixth generation Elantra is bigger and comes with more advanced features over its predecessor.
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra gains 20 mm in length, 25 mm in width and 5 mm in height. Wheelbase remains at 2700 mm. For exterior styling, Hyundai followed a more “European” theme with its slim and long headlights. A hexagonal grill dominates the whole front end of the car with a bold Hyundai logo above the license plate holder. For the bumper, it gets creases that become deeper to serve as fog light housings. The side profile highlights the sloped roofline followed by a window line that kicks upwards. Two character lines flank the doors of the all-new Elantra, one near the windows and the other near the bottom of the doors. At the back, the tail lights are slimmer compared to the outgoing model and don't extend as much into the quarter panel. The rear is capped off with a small ducktail spoiler integrated into the trunk.
For engines, the engine line-up in Korea includes a 1.6-liter turbodiesel, a 1.6 liter gas engine with an optional LPG conversion and a 2.0 liter engine. The 1.6 liter turbodiesel puts out 120 PS while the 1.6 liter gas engine produces 136 PS. The top of the line 2.0 liter engine packs 149 PS. For 1.6 liter gas engines with LPG, output is reduced to 120 PS. All engines are paired with either a six-speed manual of a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
Interior features for the 2016 Elantra includes a new multifunction three-spoke steering wheel, along with an 8-inch display for the infotainment system for top spec models, an optional 8-speaker JBL sound system and alloy pedals. It also gets a driver oriented dash like many European cars. The center console is now tilted towards the driver whereas the current model has the top half sweeping upwards. The interior door panels also get a makeover. The 2016 Elantra loses the grab handle on the current model but now gets a pocket on its arm rest.
In terms of safety, the 2016 Elantra will be available with seven airbags, lane departure warning, smart high-beam assist, smart cruise control, along with the standard driver assist systems such as anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control.
The global show launch date for the 2016 Hyundai Elantra has been slated for the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November.