New 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Gains European Flair and Sport Model

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The all-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback was just revealed at the Chicago Auto Show.

Lower, wider, longer and more stylish than before, this iteration of Hyundai’s popular hatchback is now based on its European i30 model. Accordingly, it should provide a better driving experience along with more advanced features.

Providing a solid foundation for all of this is a new structure that’s comprised of 53 percent high-strength steel. This advanced material helps make the new Elantra GT 22 percent more rigid than before while cutting about 60 pounds from the vehicle’s basic structure.

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Thanks to clever engineering, this new hatchback should also be a good bit roomier than rivals, offering nearly 97 cubic feet of passenger volume. As for cargo space, there are just shy of 25 cubes to be had behind the rear seat and more than 55 with the backrest folded flat. These figures outclass all major rivals and could allow the Elantra to be classified as a large car.

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Two versions of this vehicle will be offered, including a standard GT model and a GT Sport. The former features a 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine providing an estimated 162 horsepower. It can be paired with either a manual or automatic transmission, both of which have six speeds.

As for the GT Sport, it has received a host of significant performance upgrades including a 1.6-liter turbo-four providing an estimated 201 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque. Around back, it ditches the standard car’s torsion-beam suspension in favor of a fully independent multi-link setup. Drivers are also treated to standard 18-inch alloy wheels and larger brakes at all four corners.

In typical Hyundai fashion, the new Elantra GT should offer tons of standard equipment. LED daytime running lamps are included at no extra cost, as is an eight-inch display audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Juicy extras include things like smart cruise control with stop-start capability, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and more. Dual-zone climate control and wireless device charging are also on the options menu.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is one of the most exciting reveals at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. It looks like an engaging and eminently practical small car, but we won’t know that for sure until closer to its on-sale date, which should be this summer.

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  • John Kasse

    Still no all-wheel drive , or a REAL engine

  • neil r. borodkin

    Quite nice-looking vehicle especially with those large wheels. Of course, wondering about the ride, handle and drive…..

  • Malik

    It is hatchback not crossover. By real engine, you mean 1.6Turbo-GDI powering 200 horsepower? This is real engine as one can get comparatively.

  • John Kasse

    By real engine I mean the Turbo 2.0 …. not that little 1.6 wheezer. For driveability , I’ll take the NA 2.0 , at least it has a little torque. You know , think WRX, Hyundai has made quite a name for itself in WRC…. we get nothing

  • golf3

    This car looks like it’s a product of an experiment in which they invited bunch of designers into a meeting room and showed them interior and exterior pictures of Mazda3 and Golf for about 5 minutes total.

    Then they told them all to go and create “something in-between” those 2 vehicles.

  • Shirley Fox

    ugly

  • kaffekup

    Kinda what I surmised, no matter what engine they put in, it would never be enough for the people who aren’t going to buy one in any case.

  • John Kasse

    I’ve owned 3 Hyundais….. great little cars, BUT unless you get a Genesis, no power… They have the engines, they just aren’t putting them in the right cars yet .(2.0 Turbo, 6 speed manual, all wheel drive in an Elantra. THAT would be a fun car)

  • Ji Dosha

    They are making an N performance version for you. For everyone else who wants a simple commuter car, this is for them.

  • John Kasse

    Amen, they have the tech to do it right !

  • roundthings

    Why do car manufacturers insist on putting 18 inch wheels on anything deemed sporty?
    Ruins the ride quality, let it be an option

  • Malik

    Well, this is 200hp modern Turbo motor with 7 speed DCT. That is best possible combination of performance-experience one can get. Not many can come close to the exact specs of horsepower and fit under the practical budget. Personally, i think this is great deal with the less maintenance hassle hopefully. If you want more, shell out more thousand dollars; hence the premium brands.

  • Malik

    That means thousand dollars more than this Hyundai Elantra or Hyundai i30 cost. I am sure people will start complaining about the cost of N performance. Ha!

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Looks decent, like a shorter VW wagon. I’d stick with the 2.0L, and what’s with car companies trying to mount a tablet on the dashboard? Damn marketing towards millennial’s. At the very least, it’s nice to have a car company like Hyundai that seems to be really hungry, if nothing else but to provide competition. Their cars are coming along …

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Agreed. This big wheel trend is ridiculous.

  • Chris T

    Ride quality vs handling. Definitely a trade off and I agree the option to choose that trade off would be a plus.

  • Chris T

    I don’t think raw performance was the goal. A sporty everyday driver seems to be Hyundai’s goal here and I think they nailed it. For more performance there’s the GTI, Golf R, Civic Si, Focus ST etc. You’re going to pay the premium for the performance and lose a lot on MPG with those choices. This car is the middle ground between everyday driver and raw performance.

    Also, the 1.6T has more torque than the NA 2.0. The peak torque on the 1.6T is ~1500-4500@195ft/lbs. Not only is it higher torque but the power band holds longer than the 2.0 too.