2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Makes Video Debut and It's Kind of Strange

The car we know as the Elantra is only made in Korea, where it's marketed under the name "Avante." And thanks to a local YouTube channel, we can show you what the 2017 Elantra Sport will look like in motion.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1 photo
Photo: Screenshot from YouTube
Hyundai is making a lot of exciting new cars for different niches these days. There's the Ioniq, which is the only car out there with three types of clean powertrains. Also, the flagship of the Genesis range has many Mercedes-like features people don't even know about yet.

But the reason we are focusing on the Elantra Sport is that it's the type of car young people can aspire to own. It looks better than the compact sedan everybody else drives and has the potential to go faster. That's all many really want, potential, not pure speed.

Even before we saw the Elantra Sport being revealed, we knew what it was going to offer. The powertrain is similar to what's offered in the Veloster Turbo, consisting of a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine capable of making 201 horsepower and available with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. It's not going to be as fast as a Jetta GLI, but it may be cheaper.

Like many Japanese cars, this Korean sports model is defined by its features. They are the focus of this commercial, which shows a ginger boy growing up into a young adult while keeping his passion for cars. There's a shot where they draw attention to the standard 18-inch wheels and another where the two-tone interior is the highlight. All the while, the Avante Sport is being portrayed as an enjoyable experience.

Long story short, the Sonata Sport has a little brother now. It will go on sale as a 2017 model year and is at least three months away from US showrooms.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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