At 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai revealed the new generation of its compact sedan, Elantra. This model will also have a hatchback variant (in future) in the form of Elantra GT. In some markets, this vehicle will continue to have the i30 badge. A prototype of this next generation 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) was recently spotted in Europe. The hatchback could borrow some styling cues from the compact sedan; however, there is a resemblance with Genesis G90 as well.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) – Design and Styling
The design of 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) is largely inspired by Genesis luxury sedan. It will feature a large hexagonal grille with sporty and sleek headlights. This will result in a more aggressive appearance, which certainly represents the new generation.
This new styling is very critical, particularly because of a somewhat constant design language being used by Hyundai in recent years. Since current generation model debuted in 2011, this model hasn’t received any noticeable changes. With such great design of the upcoming model, it seems that Hyundai has finally found a solution to these problems.
When it comes to interior design and features, it is too early to predict anything about it. However, if the exterior redesign is any indication, the interior will also be redesigned to provide a sporty look.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) – Engine Specifications
This new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) has been designed to accommodate an array of 4-cylinder engines. It even has a diesel powertrain on offer. In the United States, the engine units that will be offered should be the same as powertrain offerings of new generation Elantra sedan. This means that two engine options are available:
- A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit capable of generating 147 hp power and 132 lb-ft of torque.
- A turbo 1.4-liter 4-cylinder unit with 128 hp of power and 156 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines will be paired with 6-speed manual transmission, while an automatic transmission will be optionally available as well.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) could have a few new performance variants as well. The standard Elantra model will be receiving a Sports variant later this year with 201 hp of output. It has also been confirmed by the auto manufacturing company that the first model from its N performance division will be based on Elantra GT (i30). However, there is no certainty whether this performance variant will be available in the US or not.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) – Pricing and Arrival Time
The base model of the current generation with manual transmission starts at $18,900. Despite so many changes, Hyundai will limit the price of 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) to somewhere around $20,000.
The latest generation of Hyundai Elantra has already been unveiled in the form of a compact sedan, which will arrive as a compact sedan. There are chances that arrival time of Elantra GT will be postponed until 2017 when it will come as 2018 model. Main reason for this delayed release is that present model was just recently updated and the company wouldn’t want to bring the next generation so soon.