Yes. What you see in front of you is the Hyundai Elantra in glorious hatchback form. The Korean carmaker has introduced the 2017 Elantra GT. And before you ask, the answer is no, the popular compact sedan's five-door sibling isn't available here in the Philippines. But that won't stop us from imagining the possibilities, will it?
At first glance, it's clear the GT variant is meant to stand out. Its overall look is more fluid than the standard Elantra, emphasized by sweeping headlights, 17-inch alloys and bigger, more pronounced fog lamps. These are slight aesthetic tweaks, but enough to leave an impression nonetheless. Of course, the center of attraction is still the rear end.
The cabin's extra room and cargo space adds a whole new dimension to the Elantra driving experience. This, combined with the flexibility provided by a folding 60/40 rear seat, will have motorists loading the car to the brim. The company says this is ideal for carrying sporting equipment like golf clubs and boards; but in our case, we have a little extra room to stretch our legs in traffic.
There's a lot more to want about the GT than just the added versatility its extra door provides. Its 2.0-liter Nu engine puts out up to 173hp and 208Nm. In comparison, the top-of-the-line Philippine-spec Elantra's 2.0-liter Nu can only go as far as 150hp and 192Nm. It's no Elantra Sport, but not bad. The more oomph, the merrier, right?
Other niceties include a power driver's seat, sliding armrests, a leather tiller and shift knob, and automatic headlights. We want this car, and we're certain plenty of you do too. It might be a stretch, but we have a hunch it would do Hyundai Asia Resources Incorporated well to bring the Elantra GT over to our shores. More space, more power, what's not to love?