Hyundai recently unveiled a new generation of its Elantra compact sedan (see below), with the car's local debut set to take place next month at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Like the current Elantra, this new one will eventually spawn an Elantra GT hatchback variant, a prototype for which has just been spotted testing in Europe. In other markets, the vehicle is likely to retain the i30 badge currently in use.
While the new Elantra reaches showrooms next year, as a 2017 model, it’s thought the hatchback variant’s arrival will be deferred until 2017 because the current hatch was just updated. This would likely see the new Elantra GT arrive as a 2018 model.
From the spy shots, we can see that the new Elantra GT is adopting a look that resembles the lines on the upmarket Genesis sedan. Noticeably, a large hexagonal grille is paired with slim and sporty headlights, while clean and refined surfaces add a touch of elegance.
2017 Hyundai Elantra (Korean spec)Enlarge Photo
“The all-new Elantra captures the car’s unique design characteristics that really place this model in a class of its own,” Hyundai design chief Peter Schreyer said of the Korean firm’s new compact. “The subtle and innovative appearance enhancements reflect Hyundai’s vision for design.”
The new Elantra is designed to fit various four-cylinder powertrains including diesel units. In the United States, expect to see 1.6-liter gasoline units, one naturally aspirated and the other turbocharged. Drive will be to the front wheels only, and it's possible a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be fitted as standard. It's also possible we see a high-performance variant developed by Hyundai's new N division.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.