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2018 Elantra GT on the way!

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Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:25 am

Our version of the i30 will include a Sport model with independent rear suspension, 201 HP 1.6 turbo and available 6 speed manual or DCT. The base 2.0 will offer the manual as well. I wish the car looked a little edgier but overall it's quite a nice package. - Mitch

From Car and Driver:
In its most recent comparison test, we called the new Hyundai Elantra sedan arguably the best-looking vehicle the company has ever offered for sale. That argument is about to get tougher with the arrival of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, a hatchback version plucked from the automakers European division that serves up clean lines and attractive detailing. Combine the sharp styling with an available 201-hp turbocharged four-cylinder (and a standard six-speed manual transmission), and this new Hyundai has the potential to be a formidable challenger to segment favorite hatchbacks such as the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Golf.

Like the outgoing Elantra GT hatch, the new model is essentially identical to the Europe-market Hyundai i30. That means it's not a hatchback version of the U.S.-market Elantra sedan, and instead it rides on a different architecture; the relationship is similar to that between the VW Golf and Jetta. The Elantra GT's wheelbase is two inches shorter than the Elantra sedan's, for instance, which puts the Hyundai right between the Golf and Civic hatches.

The Elantra GT's base four-cylinder displaces 2.0 liters, like the sedan's standard engine, but different tuning results in 162 horsepower versus the sedan's 147. Both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are offered with this naturally aspirated engine. Things get more interesting in the Elantra GT Sport, which packs the Elantra Sport sedan's turbocharged 1.6-liter four making 201 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque. Here, too, a six-speed manual comes standard, while the optional automatic is a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. All Elantras are front-wheel drive.

As in the Sport sedan, the GT Sport swaps out the standard torsion-beam rear suspension for an independent multilink setup. Eighteen-inch wheels and larger brakes round out the changes to the performance-oriented model.

No matter the trim level, the Elantra GT's interior looks upscale and sensibly laid out, with a dashboard design noticeably different from the sedan's. An 8.0-inch display screen comes standard and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality along with an updated version of Hyundai's Blue Link infotainment software.

As with any hatchback, cargo-carrying practicality is an important consideration. The Elantra GT's cargo hold boasts 25 cubic feet of space, which is between the Golf's 23 and the Civic hatchback's 26. With the 60/40 split rear seats folded, the Elantra provides 55 cubic feet of space, beating out both of those rivals (the Honda provides 46, while the Golf has 53).

The 2018 Elantra GT will reach dealerships this summer and is likely to be priced starting around $20,000. That's higher than the Elantra sedan's $17,985 base price, but the GT will try to justify its higher price using its enhanced practicality and style.
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:50 am

And the next Elantra Couoe will be the european i30 Fastback[Image

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Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:57 am

Wow. Is that a legit pic or a photoshop?
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:49 am

This is official...the i30 Fastback is real...

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Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:12 pm

Thanks for the pics. That's really nice. I have the feeling it won't make it to the states but that's a nice option for Europe.
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:56 pm

I was all set on the Elantra Turbo and then Hyundai release this sexy i30 fastback?!

They better hurry up and start pumping those out because they'll sell like hot cakes!

Styling of a sedan with the practically of a hatch

Funny to think the fastback styling was last seen on the XD Elantra

Mitch, any chance this might be the car that carrys on from your GT?
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:34 pm

Well, I was gonna go with the Elantra Sport but couldn't track one equipped the way I wanted. So I went another direction. I had no idea this i30 fastback was coming out. Love the whole concept of this car.
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Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:15 am

I have to say that both look sharp! WOW!
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Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:48 am

Nice!
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