Hyundai teased its 2018 Elantra GT a few weeks back, but since we already knew what its cousin – the European i30 – looked like, there was little left to the imagination. At the Chicago auto show, Hyundai made the Elantra GT’s debut official.
As expected, the Elantra GT will indeed be the spitting image of its European cousin, and this won’t be anything to complain about. The new hatchback will arrive with a more aggressive look that is courtesy of widened headlights, a sportier front apron, a lower grille and hood, a long nose and a virtually non-existent rear overhang. The standard vertical LED daytime running lights will also add to the sportier look.
The Elantra’s construction will also be all-new. Hyundai will build it using 53% high-strength steel and 367 feet of structural adhesive. This will amount to 21% more stiffness than the previous GT and a 61-pound-lighter body.
Inside, the Elantra treats its owner to one of the most cavernous cabins in this segment. It will not only have 96.5 cubic feet of passenger room, but also about 25 cubes of cargo room with the seats upright. If these measurements hold up in EPA certification, it may receive a large car rating from the EPA, which is unheard of for its compact hatchback dimensions. What’s more, fold down the rear seats, and this hatchback delivers up to 55.1 cubic feet of max cargo room.
Standard features will be plentiful on the Elantra GT, including an 8-inch display audio and 17-inch alloy wheels. Optionally, there will be available leather seats, alloy pedals, dual-zone climate control, Infinity Premium Audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, and so much more.
The tech and safety side of things will also be quite impressive. Starting with the tech, there will be an all-new infotainment system called the AVN 5.0 with HD Traffic. This system will feature a faster processor, an 8-inch screen (replacing the 7-inch unit), a bird’s eye view on the navigation system, and live traffic and incident data without a subscription.
And finally, the powertrain. As expected, the new Elantra GT will have a pair of engines available. The base unit will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 162 horsepower that will mate with a standard six-speed manual of an optional six-speed auto. The Elantra GT Sport will use Hyundai’s potent and thrifty 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot that delivers 201 horses and 195 pound-feet of torque. This boosted engine will pair with a standard six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 2018 Elantra GT will hit showrooms this summer. Pricing will come as we near its launch.