It’s finally out in the open, officially. Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) is currently previewing the new Hyundai Elantra at Mid Valley Megamall. Not the easiest of malls to reach, so if you’re not looking forward to braving the crowds, here’s a live gallery of the soon-to-be-launched C-segment sedan.

The car on show in Mid Valley is a red Elantra Sport. In the Elantra AD’s case, ‘Sport’ does not mean just a bodykit – there’s a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine that puts out Civic FC-beating 204 hp and 265 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.

In South Korea, the Avante’s Gamma T-GDi is paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, but we’re only getting the auto here. Variations of this blown motor also power the Tucson SUV and Veloster Turbo in Malaysia.

The Sport comes with a unique grille (chrome slats aren’t full width, discreet ‘Turbo’ 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. Its rear comes with a diffuser, twin exhaust tips and a ‘Sport’ badge. Different 17-inch rims from the regular car, too.

Inside, there’s plenty or red. The seats are more red than black (‘Sport’ stitched on the front chairs), and the “sporty colour” is repeated on the door cards, steering/gear boot stitching and edges of the floor mats.

The flat-bottomed steering wheel is the same one seen in the Ioniq, but with the hybrid’s blue band swapped for red. There’s also carbon fibre-style trim, dual-zone auto air con, keyless entry with push start and cruise control, among other goodies. Delete the sunroof and this is pretty much the launch spec for Malaysia, we understand.

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. The Elantra GLS can be had up with an aftermarket bodykit that’s very shouty, even more so than the Sport. We’ve had a glimpse of this optional kit courtesy of spyshots from last week. Anytime soon now.


GALLERY: Hyundai Avante Sport, Korean market

GALLERY: Hyundai Elantra Sport, US market