Auto Shows First Look: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT and GT Sport

20:21  09 february  2017
20:21  09 february  2017 Source:   automobilemag.com

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Small cars may be going out of fashion, but that’s not stopping Hyundai from rolling out fashionable small cars. The latest offering from the Korean automaker is the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback, which was unveiled at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

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Small cars may be going out of fashion, but that's not stopping Hyundai from rolling out fashionable small cars. The latest offering from the Korean automaker is the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback, which was unveiled at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Hyundai says that the all-new GT is lower, wider, and longer than the outgoing model and features a more aggressive stance along with more interior volume.

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Now that Steph has had his crack at it, we figured it was time for another one of us to get some wheel time with the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT . That doesn’t mean the GT Sport isn’t, but if sporting character is item one on your checklist, it won’t be your first choice. If you’re merely looking for a

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The new hatchback, which is based on the third-generation Hyundai i30 that was unveiled last year at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, arrives in two flavors: GT and GT Sport. The Elantra GT comes with a 2.0-liter inline-four that doles out around 162 horsepower and a yet-to-be-specified amount of torque. It's offered with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT front three quarter 01© Automobile Magazine Staff 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT front three quarter 01

As for the spicier Elantra GT Sport, it receives a 1.6-liter turbo I-4 engine that delivers 201 hp with 195 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The GT Sport also receives a fully independent multilink rear suspension of instead of the GT's torsion beam setup, 18-inch alloy wheels instead of the GT's 17-inch ones, and larger front and rear brake rotors.

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A first drive, comprehensive review, and detailed photo gallery on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT and GT Sport by Adi Desai for DoubleClutch.ca Magazine. Like the sedan it’s based on, the Elantra GT and Elantra GT Sport employ a more conservative look than the outgoing model.

Looking the part. The 2018 Elantra features a nice blend of Hyundai 's typical styling with clear European influences. The front of the Elantra GT sports styling similar to the new 2018 Sonata Our first impression of the Elantra GT Sport was that of a sure-footed vehicle with plenty of zip.

"The new Elantra GT brings more to the North American shores for the 2018 model year," said Hyundai director of product planning Scott Margason said in a statement. "More space and features inside. More aggression and European flair outside. And more options under the hood. I'm particularly excited to showcase the GT Sport, a true hot hatch."

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT front three quarter in motion 06© Automobile Magazine Staff 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT front three quarter in motion 06

Hyundai says that more than half the structure is now made of advanced high-strength steel, nearly double that of the outgoing model. To keep things together, more than 367 feet of structural adhesive was used to make the Elantra GT stiffer, stronger, and lighter.

Inside, the compact hatch can seat up to five and nearly 25 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat. Leather seats, alloy pedals, and dual-zone climate control are standard. The car also sports an 8.0-inch display that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto friendly, with wireless smartphone charging available as an option.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT rear end detail© Automobile Magazine Staff 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT rear end detail

Driver assist technology-wise, there's smart cruise control with stop/start technology, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, attention assist, and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert are also available as options. Remote start with climate control, a great feature for colder and warmer climates, is also available.

Pricing and more details will be announced in the spring. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT and Elantra GT Sport both go on sale this summer.

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When you think of sporty compact cars, Hyundai might not be the first automaker that comes to mind. Honda, Volkswagen, Mazda, and Ford have sport compacts that are well-regarded among enthusiasts for their blend of practicality and fun. The 2017 Elantra Sport aims to put Hyundai in the sporty compact car conversation with a dose of turbocharged power and a totally overhauled suspension.

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