A week ago, Hyundai released teaser photos of the 2018 Elantra GT ahead of the Chicago Auto Show. With the show in motion, the cover has finally come off the new 2018 Elantra GT. The “GT” is there to distinguish the hatchback from its regular sedan counterpart. To those wondering why the car looks familiar, that is because the Elantra GT is essentially a North American-spec i30.
Thanks to the new hatchback body, the Elantra GT now has a more spacious cargo area. The cargo space is even larger than those of its competitors in the same segment. The new Elantra GT is offered in two only variants, the base model GT and the GT Sport.
The base model uses a 2.0 liter inline four engine with the option of either having a manual or automatic 6-speed gearbox. Meanwhile, the GT Sport uses a 1.6-liter turbo engine. It also comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
Aside from having different power plants, the GT sport uses larger 18-inch wheels compared to the standard 17-inch. The GT Sport also has larger brakes, and independent rear suspension compared to the base model's torsion beam.
Inside, the GT Sports interior packs a more sporty look with red accents surrounding the car as was shown in the teaser photos. That, along with bolstered seats, makes sure the driver sits snug. The base model GT however, makes due with a more simple interior.
Both the GT sport and base models come with a touchscreen infotainment system as standard. The other features include optional LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, and wireless phone charging. Safety features include pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and lane-keep assist.
Expect it to hit North American showrooms soon.