If the Hyundai i30 hatchback doesn't sound familiar to you, it's because it's only available in Europe... until now. It's coming to us in the form of the new Elantra GT, which just debuted here in the Windy City at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. It's an evolution of the Elantra sedan with more sophisticated lines though a bit lower on the drama scale from the last Elantra GT. We like it's understated styling, however, and think it looks like a Korean VW Golf. And along those lines, it promises its own version of the Golf GTI in a hot hatch version called the Elantra GT Sport.
- The car's big grille is prominent and flanked by slender, tapering headlights and big intakes/foglight housings. The body is accented by a big shoulder crease that runs the full length of the car, and an upright greenhouse that gives the car Golf-like proportions.
- The base car, known as the GT, gets a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder engine good for 162 horsepower. Upgrade to the more potent GT Sport, and you get a turbocharged 1.6-liter mill that spits out 201 horses. No word on the weight, but we're guessing it'll be under the Elantra Sport's 2,767 pounds. That should make the Sport pretty spritely.
- Both cars will have a six-speed manual transmission, while the GT gets a six-speed automatic, and the GT Sport switches that out for a quick-shifting 7-speed dual clutch automatic.
- The GT Sport also gets an upgrade in the suspension department with a multi-link set-up.
- You can also option out your GT and GT Sport with great available equipment, including leather seating, dual-zone climate control, cruise control with start and stop functionality, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist. Y
- The Elantra GT and GT Sport will also make available Hyundai's Blue Link Alexa feature.
- The new car will show up in dealerships this summer, but no pricing has been announced yet.