Officially Rendered: 2016 Hyundai Elantra Teased Before Debut

Officially Rendered: 2016 Hyundai Elantra Teased Before Debut
Officially Rendered: 2016 Hyundai Elantra Teased Before Debut /

In order to whet our appetites for the next generation of Hyundai’s best selling small compact, an official rendering has hit the web.

Competitively priced, chock full of options and styled to boot, the Hyundai Elantra has always been an important car for this Korean conglomerate. Thanks to our motoring friends over at The Korean Car Blog earlier today (Aug. 19, 2015) we caught wind that Hyundai dropped an official rendering of their next generation Hyundai Elantra to be revealed later this year. Check out the official rendering posted below.

2015.8.19 Hyundai
2015.8.19 Hyundai /

Immediately obvious is the fact that Hyundai’s designers have pushed the front and elongated the hood as well as shortened the back to give that all important sporty look. In true rendering fashion, any door lines have been erased but we suppose interior and trunk space will either stay the same or increase by a smidgen despite the elongated proportions. It looks like this Elantra has taken a couple of styling cues from its bigger brother, the Sonata. The headlights are much longer and angled and the front is definitely sporting the signature Hyundai design language that we’ve seen before.

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Supposedly the engine lineup for the North American market has already been confirmed. On top of that lineup will be Hyundai’s 1.6 liter turbocharged direct injection engine delivering 175 HP all paired to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The most important spec of that engine will be the class leading 43 MPG rating. We’ll see how that engine fares when the EPA gets their hands on it. We having a feeling that the base 1.8 engine with its 145 HP/130 lb-ft rating might carry over for next year for base model.

This new Elantra will be much slippier than the previous generation with a .27 Cd. In addition, Hyundai is aiming for this Elantra to score a 5-Star rating with whatever the IIHS throws its way, that includes the small overlap crash test.

It’ll be awhile before Honda and Toyota come out with redesigns of their own as they’ve already spilled the beans on their next generation Civic and Corolla. Civic sold 31,139 units last July while Corolla sold 30,249 units. Pulling a strong third place was Elantra with 22,135 units. If this redesign is priced like all Elantras before it, full of value, a sizeable bump in units sold will be more than likely.