Hyundai Motor America presented its all-new 2013 Elantra GT to the North American market at the Chicago Auto Show. The Elantra lineup widens with the arrival of the five-door Elantra GT in dealerships this summer. It joins the Elantra Coupe, which recently made its global debut, and the popular Elantra sedan, which was named the 2012 North American Car of the Year.
The Elantra GT is based on the new-generation i30 model intended for the European market. The 2013 Elantra GT goes up against the Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf, offering a bigger interior space than any of these rivals, unrivaled fuel economy and Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode.
Powering the Elantra GT is a 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148hp and 131 lb-ft of torque (145hp and 130 lb-ft of torque for Elantra PZEV). Due to advanced clean engine technology, nearly all of the Elantra GTs sold in California, Oregon and several Northeast states are recognized as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) by the EPA.
2013 Elantra GT features a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or automatic (A6GF1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC manual control. Its six-speed manual transmission offers short, crisp shifts and optimizes engine performance even further. It offers a best-in-class standard fuel economy of 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway (M/T).
The high standards of the Hyundai lineup are said to be the inspiration for the cabin refinements on the all-new Elantra GT. The available navigation system, which is found in the center console, is displayed with the use of a seven-inch touch-screen and comes with the rearview camera screen. Elantra GT’s rearview camera is like no other.
This mechanized camera is concealed behind the Hyundai flying H badge on the rear hatch and only makes an appearance when necessary. The standard equipment on the Elantra GT includes a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system that has six-speakers and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A Bluetooth interface is also offered as standard. The sound system offers compact discs and accesses digital music files through Bluetooth streaming audio. Drivers and passengers also get access to their personal listening devices via the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs.
The Elantra has excellent fuel efficiency and city driving puts it at 26 mpg and 37 mpg on the highways for the manual six speed transmission and an increase in 1 mile for the automatic six-speed transmission. When combined, the Elantra GT has a capacity for 30 mpg and if used primarily on the highway, it has a total range of 480.
LIGHTEST FIVE-DOOR HATCHBACK IN THE COMPACT SEGMENT
The Elantra GT is 37% lighter than the previous Touring model due to the increased use of high strength steel. This change has also meant there is an increase in body rigidity. This use of steel has meant the suspension works better than the Touring model, which contributes to better ride quality.
Roomier than its rivals, the Focus, the Mazda 3, Golf and the Matrix, the automatic Elantra GT is also lighter at 2,784 lbs and is by a clear mile the lightest hatchback in the compact market. Due to these developments, it has enabled the GT to achieve an EPA rating of 37 mpg on highways. This is partly due to the Blue Drive strategy.
The use of high strength steel has been driven by the $8 billion investment from Hyundai, pushing it to become the only car manufacturer with its own steel plant. The company has over 400 metallurgists who all serve to create the very best recipes for their steel and build all of the panels and parts for their fleet.