It was around two years ago when Hyundai officially revealed the all-new Elantra GT at the 2017 Chicago International Auto Show. Essentially the hatchback version of the four-door sedan, it serves as the altenative body style and comes with bigger trunk space at the back.
Fast forward to the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), there's a new sportier variant of the hatchback. Called the Elantra GT N Line, it comes with additional goodies inside and out courtesy of Hyundai's N performance division.
Drawing inspiration from the i30 N hot hatch, the Elantra GT N Line features a lower front spoiler that enhances aerodynamics. There's also a unique N Line Cascading Grill at the front that which adds to the hatchback's snazzier look. Other styling upgrades made to the Elantra GT include blacked-out side mirror caps, N-Line 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 225/40 tires and a restyled rear bumper.
Inside, the Elantra GT N Line now comes with exclusive extras like a perforated leather steering wheel, leather seats that come with a 'N' logo, a unique gear shifter with metal and leather accents, a sportier-looking instrument panel, and eye-catching contrast stiching finished in red.
Other available amenities that can be specified in the 2019 Elantra GT N Line include: panoramic sunroof, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, wireless charging pad for mobile devices, smart cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, high-beam assist, and drive attention warning.
Under the hood, the Elantra GT N Line is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with direct injection. It puts out a healthy 204 PS along with 264 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.
While the engine remains the same, all is not the same underneath the Elantra GT's sleek body. In order to make it handle better, Hyundai revised its suspension and steering, as well as the engine and transmission mounts. The result is an Elantra GT that Hyundai claims has better cornering ability and a more rigid body.
Since this is the first of many, expect Hyundai to release more N Line variants in its lineup soon. Who knows, maybe the Tucson or Kona are next in line to receive the N Line treatment. And we do hope they make their way to the Philippines too!