Hyundai has introduced the new 2018 Elantra GT at the Chicago Auto Show. This advanced edition of the Elantra provides a more aggressive stance being lower, wider, and longer than the previous editions. A high point that was made is the additional space that is available that includes 96.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and 25 cubic feet of cargo volume. As a result, the company believes the EPA will rate this vehicle as a large car when it comes to their ratings. There are many features that will make this vehicle have an excellent driving experience. After all, that is what having a vehicle is all about.
New exterior features include a more European styled body with flowing character lines and a new cascading grille design that just grabs one’s attention. A fifty-three percent of the vehicle is high-strength steel which makes this vehicle much stiffer and stable over its previous editions. Hyundai approximates it is twenty-two percent more rigid while being sixty-one pounds less. When all of this is added to include the 0.30 coefficient of drag, the GT feels solid, efficient, and smooth.
The powertrain options that are available are two inline-four-cylinder engines. The first is a 2.0-liter direct injection motor that makes an estimated 162 peak horsepower. This can be matched with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The second option is a 1.6-liter turbo engine that produces an estimated 201 peak horsepower and 195-pound-feet of torque. You can select the six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The handling was fine-tuned at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Engineers ensured that it handles taut, yet comfortable. They also ensured that they minimized the unwanted body roll, so it can maximize wheel impact absorption. You can purchase a package that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, larger front and rear brake rotors, and fully independent multilink setup for even better stability.
For more information on this excellent edition of the GT, contact the professionals at Len Stoler Hyundai.