Hyundai's new hatch is rated at 148hp and boasts efficiency.
The Elantra Touring-replacing 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT has made its official debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The South Korean hatchback features some impressive styling and should give the VW Golf, Mazda3 and Ford Focus a run for their money. The 2013 Elantra GT runs on the sedan variant's 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder, good for 148hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. Mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, the efficient motor returns an EPA rated 28mpg in the city and 39mpg on the highway.
A combined 32mpg is quite impressive and is helped by the Elantra GT's makeup, built from ultra-high- and high-tensile steel. As the lightest hatch in its class, it weighs in at 2,784lbs. Featuring Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language, the hatch boasts such amenities as automatic headlights, leather seating, heated front seats and a cooled glovebox. The Elantra GT also claims better passenger and cargo volume compared to its rivals the Mazda3, Focus, Golf and Toyota Matrix. "[The] Elantra GT is a fun-to-drive, functional, five-door compact hatchback," said Mike O'Brien, Hyundai VP of Product and Corporate Planning.
"Elantra GT is the latest example of how Hyundai is redefining the compact car and setting new standards in automotive design, efficiency and functionality." Set to go on sale this summer, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is currently on display at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Pricing is expected to fall somewhere in between $16-20K.