2016 Hyundai Elantra Shows Itself

2016 Hyundai Elantra prototype 8 photos
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Now at its fifth generation, the Hyundai Elantra is set to receive a major overhaul in the near future and the heavily camouflaged car spotted by our carparazzi is that model's test bed. Even though it's masked by a lot of black cladding and swirly camo, it's pretty clear that the revamped model will adopt the Fluidic Precision design language and tone down the Fluidic Sculpture styling cues of past Hyundai models.
It may not have the best badge in the business, but the 2015 model year is a good looking car, which boasts with a varied suite of amenities, as well as new styling or tech packages. But the 2016 Elantra shapes up to be even better than the outgoing one.

So what's there to get excited about? Well, if you take a closer look at the prototype's grille, you can identify a design that borrows heavily from the 2015 model year Genesis and Sonata. The front bumper design is more aggressively sculpted than that of the outgoing model, looking sharp thanks to those aggressively sculpted outer flanks that boast with LED strips and air vents.

As for the headlights, you can kiss the swept-back look of the current units in favor of thinner, more elegant light clusters. In terms of chassis and suspension, we don't expect Hyundai to operate massive changes, but improve things such as handling characteristics and the ride. If you're interested in powertrain options, there's nothing official on that at the present moment. We wouldn't hold our breath for a new engine, but minor tinkering here and there for better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

While camouflage hides the extent of changes operated to the new Elantra's profile and rear, those taillights are obviously redesigned, while the rear fenders have a bit of Sonata to them. Don't worry, the rakish profile look of the current model will definitely live on for the 2016 model year. Expect Hyundai to unveil the 2016 Elantra in 2015, probably in the second half of the year.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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