Hyundai has begun testing the next generation, 2016 Elantra sedan. The first spyshots of the car have hit the interweb. From the spyshots, it is easy to make out that the next-generation Hyundai D-Segment sedan gets a toned down design in consonance with the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. The curves, an integral feature of the first generation Fluidic design, are likely to get restrained in the second iteration and the 2016 Elantra is expected to be more understated than before. In terms of size, the 2016 Elantra seems to have grown in size, with a longer wheelbase to boot.
D-Segment cars growing in size is a trend that has been seen on both the Skoda Octavia and the latest-generation Toyota Corolla. The Elantra is expected to follow suit. The new car will be in its sixth generation and is expected to be launched in its home market of South Korea by the end of this year. Expect it to arrive into India by the end of 2016. Both petrol and turbo diesel engine options will be offered on the new Elantra while a hybrid option is expected to be offered in specific markets of the world. The car will remain a front wheel driven model, with manual and automatic transmission options on offer.
Hyundai India will launch the facelifted version of the current, 5th generation Elantra sometime next year, as the final update for the car before the all-new model arrives. The latest generation of the car has been a big success in India, topping the segment until the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis arrived onto the scene. With the next-generation version of the Elantra, Hyundai will be looking to grab market share back from Toyota. Expect the 2016 Elantra to be pricier than the one it replaces considering the raft of new features that Hyundai is likely to pack into the next-generation model.
Spyshots courtesy WorldCarFans