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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT debuts in Chicago

Hyundai debuted the 2018 Elantra GT at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Lower, wider, and longer, Elantra GT gets a more aggressive stance and interior volume. When the hatchback arrives this summer there will be two models availble, the GT and the more powerful GT Sport.

“The new Elantra GT brings more to the North American shores for the 2018 model year,” said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “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.”

Elantra GT is based on the new-generation i30 model designed for the European market with over half the structure (53-percent) comprised of high-strength steel, nearly double the outgoing generation. And it’s bonded together with just over 367 feet of structural adhesive. The combines to make the GT, stiffer, stronger, and lighter. It’s 22-percent more rigid than the last GT while the body-in-white weighs 61 pounds less.

Power comes from either of two inline-four-cylinder engines. The direct injection 2.0-liter makes an estimated 162 peak horsepower. It mates to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The GT Sport has an 1.6-liter turbo engine found in the Elantra Sport with an estimated 201 peak horsepower along with a broad band torque peak of 195 pound feet. The six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gear box is available.

On the GT Sport the rear torsion beam suspension is switched for a fully-independent multilink setup, standard 18” alloy wheels and larger front and rear brake rotors.

02/10/17

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