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Korean car companies sure are starting to step up their design game. First it was Kia with the all-new Picanto and the stunning new Stinger performance sedan at the Detroit Auto Show. Now, Hyundai has unveiled the lower, wider, meaner-looking 2018 Elantra GT.

The five-door hatchback version of the popular Hyundai sedan recently made its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, revealing an aggressive look with subtle Euro styling cues stemming from the carmaker's new i30 model design. What's more, the company says the Elantra GT has the increased space (now 1,560L inside for cargo with the seats folded) and improved features to go with it.

Aside from its more aggressive stance and sleek, swept-back LED headlights, you'll notice the car's new cascading front-grille design. The front end strikes a balance between edgy and classy. Together with the car's European tendencies, 17-inch alloy wheels and flowing character lines, this Korean hatchback conveys both an elegant and sporty demeanor. Hyundai says the all-new Elantra GT is Euro styling mixed with America's can-do attitude.

Performance-wise, the car comes with either a 2.0-liter 162hp engine mated to a six-speed manual or automatic, or a 1.6-liter turbo engine capable of 201hp. The latter can be found under the hood of the vehicle's GT Sport variant, the hotter of the two hatches. Complimenting both mills is the Elantra GT's stiffer, stronger, lighter and 22% more rigid structure, thanks to advanced high-strength steel and structural adhesives.

Inside, the cabin gets an Apple CarPlay or Android Auto-equipped infotainment system, eight-inch display, and wireless smartphone charging. Safety and convenience-wise, it gets smart cruise control, lane keep assist, emergency braking with pedestrian detection and attention assist, among other features.

The all-new Elantra GT will arrive in the US this summer, and we're definitely missing out. Somebody bring one over here already.



Drei Laurel
Staff Writer
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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