On display at the Hyundai stand at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show is the refreshed 2016 Elantra GT and the new top shelf 2016 Veloster Rally
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT
When it goes on sale in March, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT will come with a number of styling and technology updates.
Up front, the new grille features four chrome horizontal bars, replace the outgoing model's split grille and bringing the GT in line with other "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" models including the Sonata and Genesis sedans and the Santa Fe SUV.
Its updated visage is augmented by restyled 17-inch alloy wheels that are also standard.
In addition to those accoutrements, 2016 Elantra GT buyers can avail themselves of a number of new options including ventilated driver's and passenger's seats, a next-generation navigation system with HD radio and Apple Siri integration as well as Hyundai's next-gen Blue Link connectivity features including remote start with climate control adjustment as well as a destination search feature powered by Google.
2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition
There will be a new top dog Hyundai Veloster in town this May – at least for the 1,200 buyers who snap up the latest limited-run model. For that's when the 2016 Rally Edition is scheduled to reach dealer showrooms.
A step up from the current top level production model, the Turbo R-Spec, the Rally Edition will offer an even more performance-oriented suspension with even firmer spring, damper and stabilizer bar tuning.
The Rally Edition standard equipment list includes RAYS lightweight wheels (five pounds lighter per wheel than those found on the R- Spec) shod with 225/40R18 all-season performance tires, B&M Racing sport shifter (the Rally Edition will be available only with a 6- speed manual transmission), carbon-fiber-look aero accents as well as special "Rally" badging and embroidered floor mats.
Topping it all off and further setting the Rally Edition apart from more proletarian Velosters will be an exclusive Matte blue paint finish.
2016 Veloster changes
Aside from the limited edition model, all 2016 Velosters will receive new 17-inch alloy wheels, a revised hood and grille design, a 10mm width increase for the 18-inch wheel option, optional black-bolster seats with yellow inserts on select exterior colors and an enhanced infotainment system with HD radio capability, Siri Eyes Free integration and SiriusXM Travel Link with a 90-day free trial period.
2016 Veloster Turbos can be ordered with an optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and get new 18-inch machined-finish alloy wheels that are 10mm-wider. More aggressively bolstered front seats are also standard as is a new electroluminescent gauge cluster. An optional trim package includes orange-accented seat bolsters and interior accents, while R-Spec models get standard red seat belts.