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Vehicle Preview: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
Performance and tech upgrades for the new 2018 Elantra GT

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT was recently unveiled at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, with many fascinating details announced surrounding the new hatchback. Arriving in the summer, the new Elantra GT is longer and has a lower and wider stance than previous models. This allows for more interior space inside the hatchback. Additionally, there will be two powertrains available for the 2018 Elantra GT. Drivers can choose between the base GT trim with a 2.0-liter engine boasting 162 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, and the exhilarating GT Sport, which hosts a 1.6-liter turbo engine with an estimated 201 maximum horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

“The new Elantra GT brings more to the North American shores for the 2018 model year,” said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “More space and features inside. More aggression and European flair outside. And more options under the hood. I’m particularly excited to showcase the GT Sport, a true hot hatch.”

Advanced technology upgrades

Not only will the 2018 Elantra GT see exterior and performance updates, but the new hatchback will also be the first in the Hyundai lineup to include enhancements of the Hyundai Blue Link system. Previously, the Blue Link system could remotely start a Hyundai vehicle with climate control via the system’s mobile application. This time around engineers have included control of the rear defroster and heated side mirrors in the updated Blue Link app. Furthermore, to stay up-to-date with the latest in home tech, the Hyundai Blue Link system will have Amazon Alexa connectivity. For drivers with an Amazon Echo or Dot in their homes, they can simply say, “Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my car at 70 degrees.”

One visual tech upgrade includes an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, as opposed to the 7-inch screen in previous models. The AVN 5.0 infotainment system has been tailored to combine AM, FM and SiriusXM radio channels on one screen for ease of use, while navigation maps, traffic flow and a bird’s eye view have all been added on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT.

Complete customization

While the new 2018 Elantra GT comes with plenty of premium standard features, there are many available options to truly customize the vehicle. Interior additions like leather seats, dual-zone climate control, alloy pedals, wireless smartphone charging and Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi™ are all possible. When it comes to safety, drivers have the ability to add several systems like Smart Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Attention Assist, High-Beam Assist and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT will be available for purchase later this summer.

This article is presented by Gossett Hyundai South.


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