Big Changes For 2016 Elantra GT 5-Door Hatchback
Hyundai chose the Chicago Auto Show as the perfect venue to unveil the refreshed 2016 Elantra GT 5-door hatchback.
The new model comes with changes to styling, as well as enhancements in the technology and convenience features. Let’s take a closer look at those changes.
2016 Elantra GT Styling Changes
The changes made to the design of the Elantra GT may be relatively small, but they certainly have a major impact on the overall look of the vehicle.
At the front of the car, there is a new grille that has a more prominent shape, and which looks similar to that found on the new Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan.
While the 2016 Elantra GT is modeled after the European i30, it has a look that has been changed to better suit the needs of the US consumer. That said, the sweeping style of the fluidic sculpture design language is still visible.
Another visual change made to the 2016 model is the addition of stylish new 18-inch alloy wheels. Everything stays the same around at the back of the vehicle.
Changes Made Inside Elantra GT
The interior gets a number of changes, starting with the addition of the latest version of the Hyundai BlueLink infotainment system, which is delivered as an option.
Updated navigation software is included with the system, as is Apple Siri voice command, and a number of applications that can be accessed and controlled via smartphone.
The 2016 model will be the first to have ventilated seats up front for the driver and the passenger. These are part of the Tech Package, while heated seats are found standard on all the trim levels.
Engine Options Remain The Same
The 2,0L 4-cylinder engine found on the outgoing model will be returning.
It delivers 173-hp and can be mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. EPA estimated gas mileage comes in at 24/33/27 mpg city/highway/combined.
Hyundai say that they have worled on the Driver Selectable Steering Mode in order to give it a more refined feel. The three options for the system are Comfort, Normal, and Sport, each of which delivers a different level of feel and power.
Adding the available Style Package meand getting sport-oriented suspension tuning.
Low curb weight
Hyundai have used high-strength steel throughout the body to deliver a lowe curb weight that allows the suspension to work at its maximum potential. The automatic version of the GT weighs in at 2,904 pounds, making it lighter than most of the competition.
It also has more interior space than the likes of the Golf, Focus, and Mazda3.
The GT is 119 pounds lighter than the 5-door Golf, and 44 pounds lighter than the Ford Focus.
A number of new active and passive safety technologies have been added to the 2016 model, ensuring a dafe ride for all occupants.
These features include Electronic Stability Control, Daytime Running Lights, Anti-Lock Braking, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution and Brake Assist, and Vehicle Stability Management. There are also seven airbags located in various areas of the vehicle (segment-exclusive knee airbag included!).
The addition of the new 17-inch alloys and an updated front fascia means that the sporty style of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is clearly underlined.
Those elements combined with the 2.0L GDI engine make for a vehicles that drives as dynamically as it looks.
Consumers will be delighted to know that it will not cost them a fortune to get behind the wheel of the sporty Elantra GT, as pricing comes in at just $18,800, excluding an $825 freight charge. The 2106 Elantra GT will arrive in showrooms in March.