2017 Elantra Sport

2017 Elantra Sport

Back in April, Hyundai launched the Elantra Sport in its domestic market. Now, it’s the turn of the North American version to be unveiled, and the 2017 Elantra Sport arrives with virtually the same set of powertrain, chassis and styling enhancements as seen on the Korean debutant.

Externally, the US-spec Elantra Sport features the same nose as seen on the sported-up KDM outing, with an aggressive-looking front bumper and LED DRLs. The black trapezoidal grille with chrome accents is also a familiar sight, as are the wheels; though not mentioned in detail, they should be 18-inch units wrapped with 225/40R18 tyres.

At the back, the car is dressed with a redesigned bumper, a faux diffuser element and a dual exhaust system as well as sharper LED combination tail lamps.

Inside, interior changes consist of a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and red contrast stitching, like the Korean version. There’s less red in the cabin though – the front seat side/thigh bolsters and the door card trim of the US version are finished in black, and there are no red seatbelts to be found here – all these are done in red on the Korean-market car.

Mechanically, things are pretty much the same, with the 1.6 litre Gamma T-GDi turbocharged four-cylinder engine offering more than 200 hp and 258 Nm of twist (on the Korean version, 204 hp and 265 Nm). Likewise, transmission options, which are a six-speed manual or a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission, with paddle shifters.

The North American Elantra Sport also features a rear multi-link suspension, instead of the standard torsion beam. It’s set to make its way to US showrooms sometime in the fourth quarter.