The recently announced 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is finally going to be given its official release date. The car has earned its stripes from its meager beginnings and is now a full-fledged member of the Hyundai roster. As the vehicle’s popularity has been growing for over the past period it was only appropriate to give it a new updated that comes just on time for the 2016 season.
The first Elantra car has been established by Hyundai back in the 1990s, but it was not immediately a popular choice among buyers. It took almost 20 years for the Elantra to be considered as a contender and to make it to the prospective list of every buyer as its popularity exploded in 2010 when the sales grew significantly. As the car now is already in the ranks of Golf, Mazda and Focus vehicles it was only sane that a new update was made available for the 2016 model year.
What has been changed for the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is the exterior look, with the greatest emphasis put on the front part of the car and its nose. The inside now has a full new set of gadgets that are not only interesting but useful to use. Read the entire review and decide for yourself whether the new Elantra GT will be good enough to retain the top selling position for yet another year.
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT exterior
As we mentioned, the most part of the exterior redesign of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT was made to the front part. The car receives a pretty good nose job now as the dual-element grille with the crossbar has been completely removed from the picture and adds a horizontal design which goes from top to bottom of the grill part of the car. The last year’s rounded edges of the grille have been replaced by an angular outline which results in a more mature and grown up look this time. This feature is something that is spread across the entire Hyundai lineup and is a good choice for the Elantra GT as well.
Other parts of the car are mostly carried over so the body of the car is completely the same and the nose part is the only thing that differentiates it from the previous look. Additionally, another small change is the new 17-inch wheels which have a special new design which the Hyundai has called a “euroflange” design. Compared to before, the Hyundai Elantra GT is a refined sports vehicle with a chrome beltline and optional LED taillights.
The interior part of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is limited to the optional equipment the car receives. The car will remain the same for the better part of the inside and will not change drastically compared to before. The added equipment includes an available next-gen navigation system with HD radio and Siri, ventilated front seats, a next-generation Blue Link system with remote start that also has destination search and climate control. Other parts of the car will remain the same you can still fit 5 people inside as the car comes with an available spacing of 96 cubic feet and a cargo area of 51 cubes. The car still remains a comfy vehicle with the leading numbers in the class in shoulder space.
The car also has some very useful storage parts located on the dash and at the sides of the doors. Specially made for the Elantra are some elements which include a front storage tray, a cooled glove box, front and rear cup holders, a sunglasses holder, front seatback pockets and many more. The upscale model get some special equipment pats as a 7-inch touchscreen and dual-zone climate control are added with also the 172-watt audio system with AM/FM/SiriusXM capabilities and Bluetooth streaming audio for entertainment.
Under the hood of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is the same engine as before. The car is powered by a 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine that makes 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 pound-feet of twist at 4,700 rpm. The engine has been tweaked up a bit and delivers 4,000 and 5,500 rpm of torque if necessary. You can combine the engine with a six-speed manual transmission or the optional Shiftronic auto transmission with manual mode. The EPA ratings are good but perhaps not as great as they only measure 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined. This is perhaps good for the class but needs to be much better. The car will have similar acceleration rates as before and will be able to reach 60 mph in around an 8 second limit.
Price and release date
The 2016 Hyundai Elanatra GT will be available next year and its release date is set for around the period of the start of the year. The starting price for the base version is $18,800, or $19,800. if you want it with an automatic transmission.