New style is on tap for the car, likely to be more angular than the current swoopy design on the Elantra.
Both of the current powerplants, a 1.8- and 2.0-liter four cylinder, may carry over to the 2016 car, though a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission is expected to be offered as the economic choice.
Recent spy photos of the car (seen above) show the interior, which appears to mimic the changes that came to the 2015 Sonata. Overall, the Elantra is expected to grow slightly, while safety technology will be packed into this car.
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Due to be revealed at the end of 2015, the redesigned Elantra’s styling will be similar to the updated 2015 Sonata and Genesis. That means more angular looks, also previewed by the refreshed 2016 Elantra GT.
One or both of the current engines, a 1.8- and 2.0-liter four cylinder, may carry over to the 2016 car. To offer a more fuel efficient option, the Elantra might adopt a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, the same powertrain found in the Sonata Eco.
Inside, styling also mimics the larger Sonata, while we can see the latest version of Hyundai’s infotainment unit in the center stack.
The redesigned Elantra is expected to be have slightly more interior space than the current car, while the list of advance safety options is expected to grow.
Very little will change for the five-door Elantra from a mechanical perspective, but for 2016 it gains a revised front fascia more in line with the new Sonata along with newly designed 17-inch wheels.
The interior is also being upgraded with better equipment that includes available cooled front seats, a new feature for the affordable compact segment. Customers also gain access to Hyundai’s latest infotainment system that includes HD radio, Siri integration for drivers with an Apple iPhone and the latest Blue Link system that lets owners start their cars and configure climate control settings remotely to name a few.
For 2016 the Elantra GT continues to be powered by a 2.0-liter direct injection four-cylinder engine that is paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The powertrain creates 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque and is supposed to be capable of returning 24 MPG in the city, 33 MPG in the highway or 27 MPG overall.