2017 Chicago Auto Show - Best of Show: Hyundai’s All-new 2018 Elantra GT

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] It needs the Ioniq Hybrid Drivetrain within however.

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 9, 2017

    2018 Hyundai Elantra GT – Pricing and EPA TBA.

    Chicago, IL -- Hyundai revealed its all-new 2018 Elantra GT at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show Press Days. And it is not a 2017 Elantra hatch if that is what you thought. I did and boy was I wrong. The all-new Elantra GT adds a more upright CUV like appearance and greater utility plus improved driving dynamics. Due this summer, there will be two trims, the base GT and a more powerful GT Sport.

    Instead of the Elantra, the new Elantra GT is based off the new-generation i30 out of Europe. Here is where the two differ.

    2018 Elantra GT compared to the 2017 Elantra

    Overall height (in): 57.2” vs. 56.5”
    Overall length (in): 170.9” vs. 171.0”
    Overall width (in): 70.7” vs. 70.9”
    Wheelbase (in): 104.3” vs. 106.3”

    Its claim to fame is the grille. It looks like Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 as can be seen across the entire Hyundai lineup currently but with a twist. From just off of straight on to about 45 degrees the grille work looks black. From straight in and from the side, it looks like a chrome unit. Remember the 2011 Sonata Limited and its fluted grille work? The Elantra GT has a standout grille like that because the flat edges have a polished chrome like insert set into the black grille matrix. It looks great and from the A-Pillars back, remind me of the all-new Niro.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

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    The chassis is comprised of 53 percent advanced high-strength steel bonded together with over 367 feet of structural adhesive. This makes the Elantra GT, stiffer, stronger, and lighter. It’s 22-percent more rigid and lighter by some 61 pounds.

    The GT uses a torsion beam rear end whereas the GT Sport is fully independent. This GT includes 17” alloys whereas the Sport trim includes 18” alloys plus larger front and rear rotors.

    Inside, the hatchback provides occupants 96.5 cu. ft. of passenger volume – practically the same as the longer wheelbase Elantra – and 24.9/55.1 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the rear seats up/down.

    Leather seats, alloy pedals, dual-zone auto climate, and an 8” central display are all standard. A high end Infinity Audio system with Clari-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless smartphone charging are also available.

    The Elantra GT includes Blue Link for remote start and climate control. This can be controlled via smartphone, Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa.

    The 2018 Elantra GT also debuts Hyundai next generation AVN 5.0 infotainment system. This system features an upgraded processor for faster responsiveness. AM, FM and SiriusXM channels are now combined on one screen. A bird’s eye view has also been added to Navigation maps and drivers can now get traffic flow and incident data without ever paying for a subscription via HD Radio.

    On the safety front, the GT can be equipped with Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Attention Assist, High-Beam Assist, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert.

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    2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Drivetrain(s)

    Two engines are available in the Elantra GT. A 162 hp and 150 lb-ft direct injected 2.0L mated to either a 6-speed MT or AT. The GT Sport receives a 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque 1.6L Turbo mated to a 6-speed MT or 7-speed DCT.

    As mentioned above, oh how this would be a great platform for the 1.6L Ioniq Hybrid drivetrain. Especially since the new i30 is equipped with a 1.0L or 1.4L in Europe.

    #CAS17
     
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  2. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Sounds promising, but I don't think either engine will quite be able to match Honda's 1.5T. The interior looks nice and the passenger volume sounds better than the Civic hatch.
     
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  3. Jurgis

    Jurgis New Member

    I just checked the German pages of Hyundai for the Elantra (i30):

    1.4L 100hp 44 MPG petrol gas (manual gear only)
    1.0L 120hp 47 MPG petrol with Turbo (manual gear only)
    1.4L 140hp 43/42 MPG (manual/automatic gear) petrol with Turbo
    1.6L _95hp 65 MPG CommonRail Diesel (manual gear only)
    1.6L 110hp 62/57 MPG (manual/automatic gear) CommonRail Diesel
    1.6L 136hp 60/57 MPG (manual/automatic gear) CommonRail Diesel

    The values for the mileage given by the European test enviroment differ from reality. In fact it will be less for normal usage.
    And yes, there is no Hybrid, neither any full electrical driven car.
     
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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I'm sure it's just a coincidence that this car very closely resembles the Golf. I like it.
     
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  5. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Not be able to match the Honda 1.5T? In what way? The Hyundai 1.6L turbo surpasses the Honda 1.5T in hp and torque. The 7-speed DCT will almost certainly be more efficient than the Civic CVT. I really like the looks and the form factor of the GT vs the Civic hatch.
     
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  6. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    I don't think it will match the Honda's combination of torque and fuel efficiency. The 2.0 doesn't have the power or torque of the Honda. The 1.6T Elantra Sport is pretty terrible on gas. It gets 26/33 city/highway with the 7-speed DCT, and 22/30 with the manual. The Honda CVT is rated far higher.
     
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  7. alster

    alster Well-Known Member

    As far as engines go the new Honda 1.5 turbo engine in the 2017 Honda CRV produces 190 HP, on 87 octane. Thats 126 HP per liter displacement. I don't believe
    nothing today can beat that as far as HP per liter goes on regular 87 octane gas. If so let us know....
     
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  8. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    2017 Ford Raptor has slightly more HP per liter, but it's not a vehicle that will be very likely to end up on this forum.

    The old Hyundai 2.0T was over 270hp on regular fuel.
     
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  9. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    Thanks for the research Jurgis, I'll wait for the 95 HP diesel.
     
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    In Amerika , we may be waiting a LONG time for that one. I'm still amazed that we're getting a 1.6 diesel in the Cruze , instead of a "hot rod" 2.0.
     
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  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    All-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

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    If I had one wish, the all-new GT would include the Ioniq drivetrain as an option.

    Wayne
     
  12. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    I'd take it with the Elantra Eco powertrain.
     
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  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    Even better!

    Wayne
     
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Every person and place has story…

    The 2018 #Hyundai #ElantraGT with the Tall Ship “Star of India” – the Euterpe - behind.

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    The world’s oldest active sailing ship, the Iron hull "Star of India" began her life on the docks of the Isle of Man in 1863. Within five months of her keel being laid, the ship was launched with the original name Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and poetry.

    Euterpe was a full-rigged ship and would remain so until 1901, when the Alaska Packers Association rigged her for tougher sea life.

    On her first trip to India she suffered a collision and a mutiny. On her second trip to the same, a cyclone caught Euterpe in the Bay of Bengal, and with her topmasts cut away, she barely made it safely home to port. Shortly afterward, her first captain died on board and was buried at sea.

    After such a hard luck beginning, Euterpe settled down and made four more voyages to India as a cargo ship. In 1871 she was purchased by the Shaw Savill line of London and embarked on a quarter century of hauling emigrants to New Zealand, sometimes also touching Australia, California and Chile. She made 21 circumnavigations in this service, some of them lasting up to a year. It was rugged voyaging, with the little iron ship battling through terrific gales, “laboring and rolling in a most distressing manner,” according to her log.

    The life aboard was especially hard on the emigrants cooped up in her ‘tween deck, fed a diet of hardtack and salt junk, subject to mal-de-mer and a host of other ills. It is astonishing that their death rate was so low. They were a tough lot, however, drawn from the working classes of England, Ireland and Scotland, and most went on to prosper in New Zealand.

    Wayne
     
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  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Every person and place has story…

    While out and about with the 2018 Hyundai #ElantraGT yesterday…

    On the San Diego Harbor in the shadow of the USS Midway stands a monument for the ages.

    USS Midway

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    Bob Hope's proudest moments arose while entertaining troops on or near battlegrounds the world over. From the European battlefields of WW-II, the Korean Peninsula, Vietnam, and even the Middle East, he provided the quintessential comic respite to the fighting men and woman of the U.S. Armed Forces and in many cases, under harm’s way.

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    Bob Hope is currently commemorated through a sculpture entitled “A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military” as shown.

    With the USS Midway as a backdrop to the Bob Hope tribute, God Speed to those that served, serve today, and will serve in the future.

    Wayne
     
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  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Every person and place has story…

    The 2018 Hyundai #ElantraGT takes us to the most famous photograph in history remade for the world to see as a 3D sculpture in real life.

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    “Unconditional Surrender” is a series of sculptures by Seward Johnson resembling a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, V–J day in Times Square, but said by Johnson to be based on a similar, less well known, photograph by Victor Jorgensen. The original statue was first installed in Sarasota, Florida, moved to San Diego, California, and New York City afterwards.

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    A 25-ft. tall bronze replacement of the "Unconditional Surrender" statue arrived at its new home on February 11, 2013 on the downtown San Diego waterfront in the shadow of the USS Midway. On February 14, 2013, the replacement was bolted into place where it is seen by millions of visitors today.

    Wayne
     
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  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    No matter your fun in the sun sport, the all-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT has you covered.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

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    Running

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    Biking

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    Surfing​

    Wayne
     
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  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    When it is time to relax after a long day touring the many beaches, the harbors, and maybe even after taking a few swings on the world renowned Torrey Pines 36-hole course on top of bluffs overlooking the Pacific, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport can easily transport you to the 5-Star, “The Lodge at Torrey Pines” for a soothing night of relaxing conversation with friends and family.

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    Wayne
     
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  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Too bad they don't put the excellent 1.4T and DCT in THIS beauty.
     
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  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:

    The Europeans get the 1.4T mated to the 7-speed DCT but it is hopped up a touch from the heavily atkinsonized 128 hp in the Elantra ECO to 139 hp. Meaning the Elantra Eco's drivetrain would drop right in. It certainly moves the Elantra sedans 2,850 lbs around just fine. The Elantra GTs 2,900 to 3,100 lb curb weight should be no problem with for the Eco drivetrain either.

    The Europeans also get the 1.0 GDI-T but we choose between either the (24/32 mpg rated) 162 hp and 150 lb-ft. 2.0L or the (26/32 mpg rated) 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. 1.6L GDI-T. I found the GT Sport's 1.6L more efficient and responsive during the driving stints over the std. GTs 2.0L. It handles slightly better which is probably due to the lower profile 18's (P225/40R18) vs the low profile 17' (P225/45R17).

    The following result in the 2018 Elantra GT Sport is not calibrated of course but I thought it was pretty good given the ratings.

    2018 Hyundai Elaantra SPort GT First Drive

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    46.7 mpg over 27.5 miles - 5-miles of surface streets and 22.5 miles of highway.​

    Will it sell? It does not have the efficiency of its competitors - the Civic Hatch with the 1.5-T or the Cruze Hatch with the 1.5T or 1.6L TD - but it provides more std. interior "stuff" and cargo volume 24.9/55.1 cu. ft. with the rear seats up/down. Android Auto and Apple Car play with a std. 8" floating display is included for both trims. I could not fit into the back seats at all with the front seat adjusted to my height. I also found the lower seat cushion bolstering to impinge on my thighs but after 25+ miles, they relaxed a bit.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport Interior

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    Notice the std. floating 8" display and red metal like trim around the Start button, vents, HVAC controls, and wheel insert.

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    Drivers side interior. Notice the red contrast stitching highlighting the seats and metal pedal covers.

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    Front Passenger side interior. The single piece dash including the instrument binnacle is not going to win any interior awards.

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    The i30/GTs loss of 2" of wheelbase vs. Elantra shows. I could not get into the back seats with the fronts adjusted for me.

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    24.9 cu. ft. of cargo volume was very upright vs. most hatches deeper but much shorter measurements.​

    Wayne
     
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