2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Spotlight

The standard Hyundai Elantra has already seen raving reviews regarding its sporty, attractive styling and selection of powertrains. Now the family is getting a little bigger as a European cousin rolls onto American roadways. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is a hatchback that boasts a sleek design and powerful engine that just doesn't quit.  

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is nearly identical to the Hyundai i30, a European hatchback. That means the new car rides on a difference architecture than the standard Elantra we know and love here in the United States. The wheelbase sits just two inches shorter than the standard sedan model, making it incredibly competitive when it comes to size.

Drivers can expect an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission that delivers up to 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is no lightweight, offering 162 hp itself.

Enthusiasts in search of a performance hatchback need look no further than the Elantra GT Sport trim. That model offers a standard torsion-beam rear suspension, 18-inch wheels, and larger brakes.

Regardless of the trim, the Elantra GT features sleek character lines that offer an athletic, attractive design. Inside, all models boast an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Drivers will also enjoy access to the latest version of Hyundai's Blue Link infotainment system.

Hatchbacks are largely considered for their abundant storage space and the Elantra GT delivers on that expectation. The hatch offers an impressive 25 cu ft. of space. Folding down the rear seats increases storage space to 55 cu ft., effectively topping both the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf.

There's no exact pricing on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT yet, but we expect a starting price around $20,000 when the model goes on sale this summer.

Get ready to take the new Elantra GT for a test drive at The Duell's Evansville Hyundai!

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