Hyundai’s new Elantra has received its Sport variant and this time the car is packing a turbocharged engine.
The engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that delivers 200 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque, and drive is to the front wheels only. The previous Elantra Sport came with a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter with 173 hp and 154 lb-ft.
Beyond the new engine, the car also benefits from some chassis and styling upgrades over the Elantra's lesser SE, Eco and Limited models.
2017 Hyundai Elantra SportEnlarge Photo
For example, the car comes with an independent multi-link rear suspension, the choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions, a subtle body kit and a dual-tip exhaust system. Inside, there are sports seats, contrast stitching and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
The new Elantra Sport arrives in showrooms towards the end of the year as a 2017 model. News of the car isn’t a surprise as a debut has already taken place in Hyundai’s home market of Korea. A local debut is expected to take place during November’s SEMA show.
Note, we could see a more powerful version of the Elantra in the not too distant future. Hyundai’s new N division is developing a hotter version of the yet-to-be revealed Elantra hatch (an Elantra GT for American readers), and we have some spy shots of a prototype. Unfortunately it’s not clear if the N-developed Elantra hatch will be sold in these parts.