Just replace the Avante badge with an Elantra one.
Before Kia pulled the wraps off the new Forte GT at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show, we had a pretty good idea of what the car would be like after seeing the Korean market K3 GT. Even though it's sometimes hard to predict if a car from another market will be sold in the US, it was fairly easy with the Forte GT. Now, it is Hyundai's turn to tease us with a Korean reveal of a highly anticipated new model.
We've already seen the all-new Hyundai Elantra in its base form, but we have yet to see the sportier Elantra Sport. We now have a pretty good idea of what the car will look like thanks to a recent reveal in Korea.
Pictured here is the Hyundai Avante Sport, which is what Hyundai calls the Elantra in its home market of South Korea. Aside from the obvious Avante badge on the rear being changed out for an Elantra one, this will pretty much be the Elantra Sport in the US. Like the Forte GT and the previous generation Elantra Sport, the car will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Power goes out to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch.
As we can see from the interior photos, the Entra Sport will have a more aggressive interior design with red accents and available red leather. The Korean market car appears to be available with a very basic radio and turn-key ignition, though we assume the US-spec cars will be more well-optioned as standard.
We don't know what to make of the exterior styling. The new Elantra is a fairly good looking car, but we don't think the lines work well with the Sport trim. This is, of course, a personal preference, so be sure to let us know what you think of the styling in the comments. It's too early to determine pricing, though it will probably be priced near the $23,000 mark.