2016 Hyundai Elantra enters production in South Korea
2016 Hyundai Elantra which was teased a few days ago has been spied in all its glory within what appears to be the automaker’s South Korean assembly plant. The car pictured here is Avante AD which is specific to the home market but since the design is consistent with the teaser, we don’t expect the global version to be much different.
The international-spec new Elantra is expected to debut at LA Auto Show later this year before going on sale in early 2016. The next gen sedan will pickup a fight with Chevrolet Cruze which has just stepped into a new generation and Toyota Corolla.
The latest design is sportier and more dynamic than the current gen car. The sharp looking front fascia is composed of an edgy hexagonal chrome front grille, sleek peeled back headlamps and boomerang shaped fog light enclosures.
The silhouette is characterized by a swooping roofline and a very short overhang. Hyundai has settled for an understated sheet metal design with just a mild waistline running form front to rear fender.
The wider and larger wraparound LED taillights certainly enhance the premium factor of the car and also help the sense of width. An integrated spoiler on the boot lid and a black diffuser round off the design.
Be it the new multifunction leather wrapped steering wheel or the centre console with a touchscreen infotainment system, the dashboard design is clearly inspired form the premium Genesis luxury sedan and is a clear departure of the Fluidic Sculpture theme of the current Elantra. International versions could offer dual-tone black-beige color theme option.
Expect new age tubocharged direct injection petrol and diesel engines with manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions on the platter.
Hyundai Elantra is managing to sell in decent numbers in a shirking entry D sedan market in India. We expect the new gen sedan to be here sometime in the latter part of 2016 but the automaker isn’t likely to be too optimistic about the new product’s prospects here.
Via – Autotribune.co.kr