New GT Version Of Hyundai Elantra Is Going To Hit Hot Hatch Market


The Elantra GT was first shown at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in concept form, Hyundai went on to produce the concept and they aren’t far off releasing details for the new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT.

While ‘GT’ give the auto an air of sportiness, in reality, it isn’t actually that much of sports car, even the fast version is only a barely warmed up hatchback rather than full on hot hatch.

However, thanks to reliability, design and comfort, it should still sell pretty well, given that it’s in a tough market.

Hyundai haven’t said when the new Elantra GT will actually hit the showrooms, but we think it will be toward the later part of 2017, perhaps September.

Given the current pricing structures used by Hyundai, we think the 2018 Elantra GT will start in the region of $21,000. This is designed to be cheap motoring and it’s a fierce market.

Light Updates For The Interior

Inside, the cabin has changed little from the previous model, minor updates to cloth colors mainly, although the standard tech fitted has been improved upon slightly.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT was never designed to be all things to all men, it’s cheap and cheerful motoring brought to you by one of the largest manufacturers in the world, expect build quality to match that.

Powerful Turbocharged Engine and More

Expect to see two different motors for the normal vehicle, plus another for the ‘sporty’ version. First up is a turbo charged 1.4 liter 4-cylinder motor, producing 128 BHP and 156 lb/ft of torque. Then we’ll see a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder, which should make around 147 BHP and 132 lb/ft of torque, neither of these motors are particularly powerful, but they’ve just got enough power to make a realistic proposition.

The ‘N Division’ performance car will have a turbo charged 1.6 liter 4-cylinder gas engine, the turbo will be enough for 200+ BHP, which isn’t exactly high performance, but it will liven up the Elantra GT.

There are no official economy figures as yet, but clearly Hyundai are aiming this model at the budget conscious motorist, so figures will be reasonable, expect to see figures of at least 28 MPG.

On the exterior, we’ll see the usual upgrades; new headlamps, grille and bumpers. The grille is very reminiscent of the Genesis G90 – a large black grille with honeycomb inserts. The color of the grille will vary depending upon trim level chosen.
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New Elantra GT will try to be a part of hot hatch market thanks to its turbocharged engine.

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