A brand-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is on the way, getting here in the U.S. throughout the summer of 2017. Completely upgraded and based, as it was before, on the Hyundai i30 hatch offered in Europe, the new car is readily available in GT and GT Sport trim levels.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Exterior
Lower, wider, and longer than the car it replaces, the 2018 Elantra GT was styled in Europe and boasts a coefficient of drag determining 0.30 cd. The basic GT sits on 17-in. aluminum wheels, while the GT Sport is geared up with 18-in. aluminum wheels.
Vertical LED running lights are standard, tucked into a deeply sculpted fascia decorated with a bold, textured grille. There is a lot of visual weight over the Elantra GT’s front wheels, but Hyundai deftly masks overhang by pulling the headlights back into the fenders and by carving out big orifices in which the running lights live.
Tiny quarter windows and a thick rear roof pillar emphasize the car’s chosen leaning forward, but this imparts aggressiveness rather than imbalance. Inflamed haunches and deep side sculpturing add a sense of substance, while around back the neat and meaningful styling lifts hints from the Tucson crossover SUV.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Interior
Hyundai states the brand-new 2018 Elantra GT is so big inside that it anticipates the EPA to formally classify it as a big car. As a 5-door hatchback, it is developed to carry lots of cargo, too. Hyundai claims there is nearly 25 cu. ft. of area behind the rear seat, and 55.1 cu. ft. of space with the rear seat folded down.
Front-seat occupants face a sculptural control panel with instrumentation and primary controls located in logical locations. The car’s brand-new infotainment system sits prominently atop the control panel, mounted in “drifting” style above the center air vents where it is easy to see and use.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Engine
As soon as again, the Elantra GT will use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. But this system, which formerly produced 173 hp, now makes an estimated 162 hp. A six-speed handbook and six-speed automated transmission are readily available.
Elantra GT Sport models receive a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes paired to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch. In this model, a fully independent multilink suspension replaces the standard rear torsion beam setup, and 18-inch alloy wheels change standard 17-inchers. The Sport model also receives larger front and rear brake rotors.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Release Date and Price
The 2018 Elantra GT will reach dealers this summer and is most likely to be priced starting around $20,000. That’s higher than the Elantra sedan’s $17,985 base rate, however the GT will aim to justify its greater rate using its enhanced practicality and design.