Hyundai has started teasing the 2016 Hyundai Elantra (2016 Hyundai Avante) ahead of its official unveiling later this year. While the official renderings still appear to be hiding a lot of design & styling, a speculative rendering by digital artist Shoeb Kalania fully previews the likely design and styling that the production-spec 2016 Elantra will flaunt.
The new design is sleek and sharp, especially at the front. The front fascia is fully redesigned and we see some serious inspiration from the South Korean automaker’s premium saloon Genesis. Leave aside the signature hexagon single-frame grille and the subtle hood, the headlamps featuring LED daytime running lights appear to be completely new and as European as an Elantra could get!
The side profile features less muscular fenders, a rising beltline, sleek mirrors and redesigned window panels. The rear will likely boast sharper LED lamps and a larger bumper. One can tell that there has been a great input from the company’s design studios in Frankfurt & Los Angeles, or at least one of the two, in making the car look sharper and more aligned with the current corporate design.
The sixth generation Elantra, internally known by the codename ‘AD’, should have its engine and transmission options similar to the third generation Tucson. The all-new Tucson’s 176 PS (174 hp) T-GDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and 141 PS (139 hp) 1.7-litre e-VGT turbo-diesel engine could be offered on the all-new Elantra. The transmission options are expected to include 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT automatic.
The sixth generation Elantra will go on sale later this year in South Korea (as the 2016 Hyundai Avante), followed by Europe, North America and other global markets in 2016.