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UPDATE: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Caught Off Guard in South Korea

Also known as the Avante in South Korea, the Hyundai Elantra is one of the sweethearts of the compact sedan segment in the United States. Put simply, the sixth generation is a triumph of cheap & cheerful over bargain-counter & half-assed. But then again, the Elantra is far from being a sporty car.
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Photo: Bobaedream forum
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All that is about to change with the addition of a four-door sports sedan to the Elantra lineup. Dubbed the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport, the upcoming model has been caught uncamouflaged in South Korea. A member of the Bobaedream forum uploaded the photographs and, from the looks of it, the Hyundai Elantra Sport has a lot going for it, including the paint job I shall christen Mustard Metallic.

According to South Korean news outlets, the manufacturer will debut the Elantra Sport on its domestic market later today. The business end is expected to be a 1.6-liter T-GDI four-cylinder producing 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) of torque. Yup, it’s the twin-scroll turbocharged unit found under the hood of the Veloster. The engine is reportedly matched with a 7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission. There’s no information on the availability of a manual, sorry.

Compared to the American-spec Elantra, the Elantra Sport boasts two-tone upholstery, sportier seats, restyled headlights and LED daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels with a unique design, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and two exhaust pipes poking out the right side of the rear bumper. These details, however, are not as important as the following bit of intel: instead of a torsion beam rear, the Elantra Sport boasts independent rear suspension. Oh, happy day!

Look out for the American debut of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport at SEMA. Other than the upcoming Honda Civic Si, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI SE is also willing to give the Elantra Sport a run for its money.

UPDATE: Here’s the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport in all its glory.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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