Hyundai’s Elantra GT is an oft-ignored compact hatch, muscled apart by Honda’s compact king Civic, the dealing with (and snob) attraction of Volkswagen’s Golf and GTI, and additional threatened by the approaching launch of a Toyota Corolla hatch that doesn’t suck.
Nonetheless, it stays a compelling vehicle with a lovely design and an out there Sport variant. All nicely and good, however the shrinking compact car phase means competitors grows fiercer by the yr. Having simply refreshed Elantra sedan for 2019, Hyundai needs extra eyes on the Elantra GT. It has a plan.
Time will inform if it’s sufficient of 1, nevertheless. Because the Korean model readies the recent-shot N model of its second-era Veloster, the Elantra GT stands to achieve an N Line sibling.
VIN decoder paperwork obtained by AutoGuide present an N Line Elantra GT arriving within the U.S. for the 2019 mannequin yr. It shouldn’t come as a shock that there’s no new engine listed for the Elantra GT line, simply the naturally aspirated base 2.zero-liter 4 and improve turbo 1.6-liter. Hyundai brass by no means meant the N Line to be something different that the prevailing sportiest mannequin with (potential) dealing with tweaks and a few go-quick add-ons. One thing between an look package deal and a full-on “scorching” variant, however leaning strongly in the direction of the previous.
Chassis tuning might be out of the query, upgraded wheels and rubber usually are not. Braking may see enchancment.
In Europe, the Elantra GT goes by the identify i30, and its N Line variant dons a barely extra aggressive entrance fascia and 18-inch alloy wheels, in addition to minor bits like a trim-particular seats and a shift knob that telegraph that the vehicle is one thing type of particular. That mannequin goes the Euro engine route, with the 201 hp, 195 lb-ft 1.6L fuel turbo discovered within the Elantra GT Sport remaining out of bounds. Over right here, a six-velocity guide and 7-velocity twin-clutch unit greet consumers.
As there’s been no spy photographs despatched our means, we flip to Europe for these photographs of the i30 N Line. The American-market Elantra GT N Line ought to seem this fall, in all probability on the Los Angeles auto present.
Elantra gross sales, encompassing each the sedan and hatch, rose four % within the U.S. final month, with quantity over the primary seven months of 2018 simply fifty eight automobiles shy of final July’s YTD determine.
– Hyundai Prepared to Juice Elantra GT Gross sales, Without Adding Extra Juice –
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