We have here the new Hyundai Elantra that will be launched soon in Malaysia, once again spotted in Shah Alam, this time by reader WM Lee who was stuck behind the upcoming sedan at the traffic lights. This follows previous sightings and a dealer reveal, which gave us a good look at the C-segment contender.

Here’s what we know so far. There will be two variants of the new Elantra. One is the Elantra Sport, which comes with a 1.6 litre Gamma T-GDi turbocharged engine that puts out Civic-beating 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 auto. Variations of this T-GDI motor also power the Tucson SUV and Veloster Turbo.

Not all will want (or need) a turbo engine, and there will be a non-Sport Elantra expected to carry a naturally aspirated 2.0 litre Nu MPi engine with a six-speed torque converter automatic – a powertrain package that serves other current Hyundai models. It’s the GLS-badged car seen here.

From L-R: Rear end of the new Elantra sans bodykit; rear end of the turbocharged Elantra Sport

The Sport comes with a 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. The Sport’s rear comes with a diffuser, twin exhaust tips and a ‘Sport’ badge. Different rims, too.

That’s the factory look, but it looks like Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors has worked to “sport up” the GLS with an aftermarket bodykit. With no boot spoiler, it should be a four-piece set, and the rear portion integrates a diffuser with two fake exhaust tips, one on each side. There’s also a silver border for the pipes. Not very subtle to say the least, but few add-on bodykits are.

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


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