Hyundai used the 2017 Chicago Auto Show to unveil the all-new, second-generation Elantra GT, which it hopes will appeal to the growing number of North Americans embracing hatchbacks.
Sold in Europe as the i30, the new Elantra GT joins a growing list of compact hatchbacks that includes the similarly-new Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic hatchbacks, bringing to market fresh, euro-inspired styling inside and out and the latest tech.
The 2018 Elantra GT ushers in Hyundai’s new design language, which is characterized by a hexagonal grille framed by faux chrome trim and flanked by a set of swept-back headlights.
Inside, occupants are treated to a more modern-looking design and the latest in safety and convenience technology such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless smartphone charging. A slightly longer wheelbase means more cabin space.
There is nearly 25 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats up and up to 55 cubic feet when folded, beating all the competition.
Thanks to the use of more high-strength steel, the latest Elantra GT is stiffer and lighter, which should improve its driving dynamics. Two engines will be offered in North America: a 162-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a the same 201-hp 1.6L turbo that powers the Elantra Sport.
The 2.0L can be paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, while the 1.6L is available with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch.
The all-new, 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT goes on sale in summer 2017. Would you choose it over the Cruze and Civic hatchbacks?