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Hyundai describes its new 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT as a “sporty compact with plenty of with lots of power, technology & comfort”. They aren’t wrong. Elantra GT doesn’t much look like regular Elantra. In fact, Hyundai seems eager to transform it into a hot hatch variant, mostly aimed to the European market. With lots of space and safety features, Hyundai Elantra GT 2016 can pass as a sporty small family car.
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT specs
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT has 2.0 liter GDI 4 cylinder engine under the hood. It delivers 173 horse powers and 154 pounds of torque. The engine comes with the aluminium block head and 16 valves and dial camshafts to increase engine efficiency. EPA estimates say 33 mpg on the open road and 23 mpg in the city. This isn’t the same 2.0 liter power plant found in Elantra sedan. It is in fact Theta II engine, reserved for upscale Hyundai models, hence the GDI tag. The transmission is either 6-speed manual or 6 speed automatic.
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT redesign
The first thing one notice about 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is that it isn’t a sedan anymore. Now it’s a hatchback. The car is full 9 inch shorter than regular Elantra and 0.2 inches wider. It is also 1.4 inch taller. The front grill is also redesigned and now goes all the way to the bottom, incorporating the front bumper. The lights are almost the same, featuring projectors and LED running lights. The tail gate also received Led lights and cleverly hidden reverse camera behind the Hyundai logo that only comes out once you put the car in reverse. The car’s body is streamlined and measures 0.30 drag coefficient, which is better that Subaru Impreza. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT comes in six different colors: Windy Sea Blue, Monaco White, Black Noir Pearl, Titanium Gray Metallic, Shimmering Silver and Geranium Red.
The new Hyundai Elantra GT 2016 features modern interior design, with large touch screen for the infotainments system, automatic dual zone climate control and huge sun roof. The seats are both heated and ventilated and very comfortable. There is plenty of knee room on the front seats, but not as much on the back ones. After all, Elantra GT is significantly shorter than its sedan cousin. Still, the boot space is impressive, with 51 cubic feet with folded rear seats, which is more than most of the cars in its class. The rear seats have the standard 60/40 split section. The car has several handy compartments, like the cooled glove box, an overhead sunglass holder and storage compartments in the central and rear armrests.
Hyundai Elantra GT 2016 safety features
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT comes with 7 air bags, including the one for driver’s knees. The body is made of combination of high tensile and ultra-high tensile strength steel, which makes it very rigid and easily controlled. Testing data isn’t available yet, but the sedan version has a 5 star rating by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Top safety pick mark from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, so GT version shouldn’t be much worse, if at all.
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT price and release date
The starting price for Hyundai Elantra GT 2016 is $18,800, plus the $825 delivery charge. When it comes to market it will have competition from the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra should be available for sale during few next months.