The new Hyundai Elantra will be launching soon in Malaysia. We’ve already seen the C-segment sedan undergoing JPJ tests and the car has just been previewed to local Hyundai dealers. These pics – shared to us by Datuk Billy Goh, CEO of the One Auto Group – shows two examples of local spec cars.

UPDATE: The OTR image of the yellow car below was taken by our paultan.org/bm colleague Izwaashura Sadali in Shah Alam

The red car is the Elantra Sport, which can be identified by its unique grille (chrome slats aren’t full width, discreet ‘Sport’ badge on one side), larger bumper air intakes (note the C-shaped chrome element with LED daytime running lights) and a more elaborate headlamp design.

At the back, a diffuser, twin exhaust tips and a ‘Sport’ badge mark the more powerful car. Like that yellow colour option, the new Elantra’s triple-C brake lamps are pretty distinctive. Different rims too – twin five spokes on the Sport and blade-style on the regular car.

There’s a sole pic of the Sport’s interior, and we see a flat-bottomed steering wheel with red band and stitching (the Ioniq Hybrid has the same wheel, with a blue band), carbon fibre-style trim, metal pedals and red/black seats. Kit wise, dual-zone auto air con, keyless entry with push start and Bluetooth are visible.

The Elantra Sport (Avante Sport in South Korea) backs up its name and racy looks with a more potent engine – a 1.6 litre Gamma T-GDi turbocharged engine that puts out 204 hp and 265 Nm in its home market. There, the blown motor is paired to either a six speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, but we’re only getting the DCT.

The introduction of an Elantra Turbo is interesting but not completely unexpected, as a Tucson powered by the same 1.6 T-GDi engine is already in Malaysia, with 177 PS and 265 Nm. The Veloster, launched here in April 2015, uses a variation of this powertrain with 186 PS and 265 Nm. The Honda Civic Turbo in Malaysia makes 173 PS and 220 Nm, by the way.

Not all will want or need a turbo engine, and we’re expecting the non-Sport Elantra to carry a naturally aspirated 2.0 litre Nu MPi engine with a six-speed torque converter automatic – a powertrain package that’s also in current Hyundai models.

It shouldn’t be long now before the CKD locally assembled Elantra AD makes its debut. Like what you see?


GALLERY: Hyundai Avante Sport, Korean market

GALLERY: Hyundai Elantra Sport, US market