More intriguingly, Hyundai notes that the 96.5 cubic feet of passenger volume might convince the EPA to classify the Elantra GT as a large car. But then again, the EPA works in mysterious ways. As standard, the 2018 model brings forth LED daytime running lights, an 8.0-inch display that knows how to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 17-inch alloys.
There are two four-cylinder engines to choose from, which make for the most critical aspect of this Hyundai’s naming convention. The base version, dubbed Elantra GT, makes do with a 2.0-liter direct-injection motor with a peak output of 162 horsepower. The 1.6 T-GDi in the Elantra GT Sport, meanwhile, ups the ante to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft, similar figures to what the Elantra Sport has to brag with.
The 2.0-liter mill is mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto, whereas the 1.6-liter turbo is available with a stick shift or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Gas mileage, 0 to 60, and the lot have yet to be published by Hyundai. If, however, you want better handling from the Elantra GT, opt for the Sport because this variant comes with a fully-independent rear multilink suspension setup.
“The new Elantra GT brings more to the North American shores for the 2018 model year,” declared Scott Margason, the director of product planning at Hyundai Motor America. “More space and features inside. More aggression and European flair outside. And more options under the hood."