Hyundai’s Newest Hot Hatch Set to Debut Next Week

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The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT will bow at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show next week.

The Korean automaker released a few teaser images previewing the upcoming hot hatch, which is expected to be a U.S. version of the i30 that debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The 2018 Elantra GT will usher in Hyundai’s new design language featuring a hexagonal grille framed by a thick, chrome-look trim along with a set of swept-back headlights. It will also ride on a slightly longer wheelbase, offering more interior room and cargo space than its predecessor.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT Review

It’s unclear what the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT will sport under the hood in the U.S., but expect it to share the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the standard Elantra sedan. That powerplant offers 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Of course, we hope Hyundai offers a high-performance version with the Elantra Sport’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 hp.

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  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Why would the new Elantra GT inherit the weaker 2.0 engine when the outgoing model already makes 173 HP? Unless they just want this new one to be a hatchback version of the new Elantra sedan which would be a departure from the original GT design. It’s not unheard of, but that would seem like a step backwards unless, like you say, they offer the turbo version as well, giving people a true choice between sedan and hatchback models.