2016 Hyundai Elantra GT Facelift Debuts in Chicago

Hyundai’s compact hatchback gets a reshaped grille, new tech features.

Hyundai is rolling out a revised version of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback at the Chicago auto show this year. After this model’s new engine for 2014, the 2016 update consists of visual changes for the front end along with a few new tech features.

The Elantra GT’s new front end features a more prominent grille that’s shaped a bit like the grille on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan. As the Elantra GT is based on the European i30 model, it looks quite a bit different than the U.S.-market Hyundai Elantra sedan, though it still hews to Hyundai’s swoopy “fluidic sculpture” design language. The only other visual change for the 2016 model is a restyled 17-inch wheel design, as the rear end is identical to last year’s model.

On the inside, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT receives the newest version of the Hyundai BlueLink infotainment system as an option. This brings updated navigation software, Apple Siri voice-command integration, and an available smartphone app that enables features like remote control and Google send-to-car destinations. Another new option is a cooling feature for the driver’s and passenger’s seat.

Otherwise, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT retains its 173-hp, direct-injection, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can pair with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. We don’t expect pricing to change much from the 2015 Elantra GT’s starting price of $19,625 when the refreshed hatchback goes on sale this March.

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