Hyundai Announces 2018 Elantra GT Pricing
August 3, 2017 by Hyundai
• Standard Eight-inch Display Audio System with Apple CarPlay And Android Auto Integration
• Standard Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE 2018 ELANTRA GT
•Lower and wider stance
•Nearly 25 cubic feet of behind rear-seat storage
•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
•Blue Link heated features
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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 2, 2017 – The European influenced 2018 Elantra GT provides a viable alternative to small CUVs for buyers desiring more fun-to-drive characteristics and greater utility at a starting price of $19,350. The more powerful Elantra GT Sport with manual transmission has a starting MSRP of $23,250. Both are subject to an additional $885 destination charge.
Utility without sacrificing driving dynamics is one of the key benefits to hatchbacks, and the 2018 Elantra GT brings an 8 percent increase in cargo capacity versus the prior generation. It is one of only a few hatchbacks classified by the EPA as a Large Car due to total interior volume eclipsing 120 cubic feet. In fact, Elantra GT has more cargo volume than other hatchbacks such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf and Toyota Corolla iM. Elantra GT is also a sporty alternative to small CUVs. Elantra GT with the rear seats folded down has more cargo capacity than the Toyota CH-R, Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax and Jeep Renegade.
All that utility is wrapped in an evolution of the Fluidic Sculpture design language that features Hyundai's new signature cascading grille, which is flanked by standard LED Daytime Running Lights. To further enhance the front light signature, available LED headlights are utilized for both the low and high beams. The side profile is strongly supported by standard 17-inch alloy wheels and 18-inch alloy wheels on the Sport. At the rear, the liftgate features wraparound glass and a rear spoiler. Available LED taillights and split dual outlet exhaust further support Elantra GT's fun-to-drive positioning.
Fun-to-drive is the most important purchase reason for compact hatchbacks and the two powertrains and chassis back this up nicely. All Elantra GTs feature 53 percent advanced high strength steel, which is almost double that of the last generation, and 367 feet of structural adhesives leads to an 18 percent increase in torsional rigidity. Elantra GT features a 161 horsepower 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder engine with either a six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission. Move up to the Elantra GT Sport and power comes from a 201 horsepower 1.6L Turbo GDI mated to an enthusiast focused six-speed manual or seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters. Furthermore on the Turbo, a stout 195 lb.-ft. of torque is available at just 1,500 RPM, and that torque is maintained up to 4,500 RPM. Similar to the Elantra Sport sedan, the rear suspension in the Elantra GT Sport is a multi-link design which provides even more dynamic handling capabilities and body control while maintaining ride quality. Larger front and rear disc brake rotors fill out the Sport's 18-inch alloy wheels with high performance all-season tires.
Inside Elantra GT, the horizontally themed dash features areas of negative space that creates a feeling of openness. Sitting atop the dash is a standard 8-inch audio display that includes Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM compatibility and rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. Other interior highlights include available wireless charging, Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold, heated and ventilated front seats, new generation eight-inch navigation system that features Blue Link with three-years of standard service and a powerful Infinity premium audio system with seven speakers including a subwoofer and Clari-FiTM Music Restoration Technology.
Advanced Driver Assists are also available on Elantra GT Sport through Automatic Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, High Beam Assist and Smart Cruise Control that features stop/start capability. A Hyundai-first Driver Attention Alert analyzes driver inputs to determine attention level and provide both a visual and audible warning if it determines the driver's attention level has become too low.
The all-new 2018 Elantra GT brings increased utility and enhanced dynamic performance to the growing compact hatchback segment. Elantra GT is poised to compete head-on with hatchback competitors, but also provide a fun-to-drive alternative to small CUVs. Elantra GT truly is the best of both worlds.