Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) has launched the 2016 Elantra at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City.

HARI said that the 2016 Elantra introduces evolution from its predecessor by “underlining its value through a dynamic and sleek appearance as well as distinguished performance features.”

Inspired by the brand's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, the sixth generation Elantra is fitted with a restyled hexagonal grill, a revamped front bumper and sharp-looking projection headlights.

2016 Hyundai Elantra rear

Turning at the side, the 2016 Elantra comes with a new wheel arch design, a sloping roofline and a sleek character line. Hyundai's compact sedan also has chrome door handles and it sits at either 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels.

The rear on the other hand is equipped with a large bumper and wraparound taillights that are arranged in an horizontal line.

Of note, the 2016 Elantra is 20mm longer, 5mm wider and 10mm shorter than the previous model. Dimension-wise, the Elantra measures 4572mm long, 1801mm wide (w/ sidemirrors) 1435mm tall with a wheelbase of 2700mm.

2016 Hyundai Elantra interior

Inside, HARI says the Elantra features soft-touch and high-quality materials as well as “active character lines” which are mostly inherited from the Sonata and the Genesis. It has a driver-oriented interior while the dashboard buttons are grouped according to functions. The 2016 Elantra also has rear aircon vents.

HARI adds that the Elantra's Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) has been improved through the thickened door glass and re-engineered windscreen wipers.

In terms of safety features, the 2016 Elantra comes with dual airbags and the body structure is incorporated with 53-percent Advance High-Strength Steel (AHSS).

2016 Hyundai Elantra engine

The PH-spec 2016 Elantra will come in three variants. The top-of-the-line L variant is powered by a Nu 2.0-liter MPi engine that delivers 152 PS and 192 Nm of torque. The mid-tier S variant is equipped with a Gamma 1.6-liter MPi engine that produces 130 PS and 157 Nm. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The entry-level E variant houses the same Gamma 1.6-liter MPi engine and it is connected to a six-speed manual transmission.

The 2016 Elantra will be available in the following colors: Marina Blue, Phantom Black, Fiery Red, Platinum Silver and Polar White. HARI said that the all-new Elantra is expected to be available in dealerships nationwide in the first quarter of 2016. According to HARI retail price will start at PhP 828,000.