Hyundai has lots of people eager to drive its latest product this morning after unveiling of the new Elantra GT in the Windy City.
The base engine is a 2.0-liter four with 162 horsepower. But it is the next one on the GT Sport model that should capture your attention. A 1.6-liter turbo four with an estimated 201 peak horsepower along with 195 lb-ft of torque. And catch this those of you who like to drive! Both are available with a six speed manual transmission – in this day and age! Also a seven speed dual clutch automatic is on the availability list. No performance figures were given at the GT’s introduction
What really happened here is that Hyundai imported the i30 that it sells in Europe. So the new model is, to use that old auto slogan, longer, lower and wider.
What is new?
Standard vertical LED daytime running lights
Standard eight-inch display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
Available dual-zone climate control
Available high and low beam LED headlights
Available wireless smartphone charging
Amazon Alexa Blue Link remote starting
Over half the structure is comprised of high strength steel nearly double the outgoing generation. So it is said to be stiffer, stronger and lighter.
It will offer nearly 25 cubic feet of cargo space or more than the Civic, Cruze or Golf, the maker said. Hyundai expects the EPA to classify it as a large car considering the roomy interior.
Optional items include an Infinity premium audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as wireless smartphone charging. An 8 inch display is added – a gain of an inch. A bird’s eye view has been added to the navigation maps.
Safety wise the GT is available with Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Attention Assist, High-Beam Assist, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert.
The remote start will now activate the rear defroster and heated side mirrors.
Opt for the GT Sport and the rear torsion beam suspension is switched for a fully-independent multilink setup, standard 18” alloy wheels and larger front and rear brake rotors for even more fun when the going gets twisty.
The GT should hit showrooms this summer and based on what we know at this juncture, has the ability to change some American minds when it comes owning a hatchback.
Also at the show:
Nissan displayed King Cab versions of its Titan and Titan XD pickups.
Many manufacturers announced new trim packages for their products such as GM and Toyota.
Ford unveiled its aluminum bodied Expedition and Dodge its three row Durango SRT SUV, both of which were examined earlier on this site.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the Mopar Brand, Dodge will offer a limited edition 2017 Challenger in either black and blue paint or black and silver. Only 80 of them will be manufactured.
Toyota added safety equipment to its off road champ, the Sequoia, along with some front end fresh styling. One new color is Toasted Walnut Pearl.
Those who want to go off road in their RAV4 can soon check out a new model, the Adventure, with increased ground clearance and standard Tow Package. It will tow up to 3,500 pounds, a large increase over the standard 1,500 pounds. It will hit showrooms in September.
So there is plenty to see at the Chicago show that comes just a few days before the Cubs report to spring training and, Windy City residents hope, another trip to the World Series.