Your First Look at the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
This summer, Hyundai will reinvigorate its Elantra GT nameplate with a dramatic redesign. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT gets an extra dose of dynamism and sophistication as the Korean automaker positions its next-generation hatchback as a spacious alternative to a larger crossover.
Based on the new-generation i30 model designed for the European market, the five-passenger hatchback comes in two versions, the Elantra GT or the more powerful GT Sport. Pricing will be announced closer to its sale date this summer.
Read ahead to take a closer look at the all-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT.
Sitting lower, wider, and longer than the outgoing model, the all-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT showcases a more aggressive stance. Its clean European styling features the flowing lines of a sports car while retaining the proportions of a compact hatchback.
More than half of the next-generation hatchback’s frame is comprised of advanced high-strength steel, a figure nearly double that of the outgoing generation. Stiffer, stronger, and lighter, the new GT is 22 percent more rigid than the outgoing model.
The Elantra GT is the first vehicle in Hyundai’s lineup to feature the brand’s new hexagonal grille. Standard vertical LED daytime running lights and full LED headlights that wrap around the cascading grille design lend a distinctive and assertive look. An elongated hood with sculpted creases extends from the front fender to the taillights, and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels bolster the new GT’s sporty look.
The window area is flanked by a refined satin chrome trim. LED taillights, LED brake lights, and a standard rear spoiler contribute to the car’s striking profile.
The GT Sport gets 18-inch alloy wheels and a dual exhaust. A panoramic sunroof is available.
The standard powertrain for the all-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is a 162-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The performance-driven GT Sport comes with the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that is found in the Elantra Sport. It delivers an estimated 201 peak horsepower and is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Tested and developed on the Germany’s famed Nürburgring track, the GT’s suspension is tuned to minimize body roll. A multi-link independent rear suspension provides more dynamic handling capabilities while maintaining a controlled ride quality.
Larger front and rear rotors inside the GT Sport’s 18-inch alloy wheels contribute to the Elantra GT’s fun-to-drive quality.
Hyundai is targeting an upscale feel for the new Elantra GT, offering leather seats, alloy pedals, and dual-zone climate control as options for upgrading its interior.
The Elantra GT’s standard floating 8-inch display screen, covered cup holders, and a soft-touch console storage lid cover provide a sense of luxury. An available electronic parking brake leaves enough space in the center console to hold any size smartphone.
The GT Sport gets red accents throughout the cabin to enhance its sporty profile.
The new Elantra GT comes standard with Bluetooth, an 8-inch display screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Wireless smartphone charging, a 4.2-inch color LCD instrument cluster display, and a seven-speaker Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi are available.
The hatchback is the first vehicle in the automaker’s lineup to employ a new remote start feature. Hyundai’s optional Remote Start with Climate Control, which allows users to control the cabin’s climate using the carmaker’s Blue Link app, can now regulate temperature from afar using the rear defroster and heated side mirrors.
The GT also features a new Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa. Buyers with an Alexa-enabled device, like an Amazon Echo or Dot, can ask Alexa to tell Blue Link to start the car at 80 degrees, for example. Support for Google Home is coming soon.
Buyers can also equip their GT with Hyundai’s next generation AVN 5.0 infotainment system, featuring an upgraded processor for faster response times. The system provides traffic flow information and incident data via HD Radio.
The GT comes with a host of available features to make seating more comfortable. Those include dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated and ventilated front seats, and a 10-way power driver seat.
The GT offers adaptive cruise control with full stop/start capability, blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, attention assist, and automatic adjustable high beams.
Hyundai says the Elantra GT is targeting a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Elantra GT offers 96.5 cubic feet of passenger space and 25 cubic feet of cargo volume. With the rear seats folded down, the Elantra GT offers 55.2 cubic feet of space.
The cabin features 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks to store items of varying sizes and storage under the cargo floor.
Due to the Elantra GT’s cabin dimensions, Hyundai expects the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which tracks vehicle interior space, to classify the new model as a large car, which is unusual for a hatchback.
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