Turbo-Powered Hyundai Elantra Sport Coming Later This Year

Hyundai Elantra Sport

Hyundai has hinted it’s preparing to add a Sport trim to its compact Elantra lineup later this year, and thanks to the car’s recent introduction in its home market in South Korea as the Avante Sport, we have a pretty good idea what upgrades the car will come with when it shows up here.

Key among them is a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine familiar to Hyundai’s own Veloster Turbo compact and Tucson crossover. Its 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque will be a big boost to the Elantra, whose sole current engine is a 2.0L making a rather sedate 147 hp and 132 lb-ft.

In its home market, it comes with a choice of dual-clutch seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions; needless to say, Hyundai would win a few enthusiast fans if it brought that stickshift version to North America.

Other nifty stuff found in the Avante Sport includes a flat-bottom steering wheel, aggressively-bolstered red-and-black leather seats, uprated suspension, a slick rear facsia, carbon fibre-look interior trim, Sport-specific gauge and 18-inch wheels. Other mechanical upgrades include a multi-link rear suspension that replaces the regular Elantra’s torsion beam setup.

We’d be thrilled to see this car come with a price tag below $30,000; Hyundai’s corporate cousins at Kia bolt the 1.6L turbo into their Forte5 hatchback for anywhere from $24,195 to $28,795. However it’s optioned or priced, we expect Elantra Sport to roll into dealers late this year either as a 2017.5 or 2018 model.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.
  • maria gonzalez

    The new design sucks.