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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT introduced at Chicago Autoshow

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Khatir Soltani
Hyundai today introduced the all-new 2013 Elantra GT in a North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Slated to arrive in dealerships this summer, Elantra GT brings five-door functionality and European driving dynamics to the expanding Elantra line-up. Elantra GT is one of three vehicles now carrying the Elantra nameplate, joining the Elantra Coupe, also revealed today, and 2012 North American Car of the Year, the Elantra sedan. Elantra GT is based on the new generation of the European-market Hyundai i30 model.

The 2013 Elantra GT is set to compete with five-door hatchbacks like the Ford Focus, Mazda3 Sport, and Volkswagen Golf. Featuring generous interior volume, unsurpassed fuel economy, a European-tuned chassis, and a Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) system, the Elantra GT blends practicality with driving enjoyment.

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
Photo: Hyundai

  • Unique “Fluidic Sculpture” styling
  • 1.8-litre “Nu” inline four-cylinder with D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing)
  • ­Standard six-speed manual and available six-speed automatic transmission
  • ­5.1 L/100 km estimated highway fuel consumption (6MT)
  • ­Best-in-class specific output of 82.2 horsepower per litre
  • European-tuned suspension
  • Hyundai-first Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) system
  • Greater passenger volume than Focus, Mazda3, Golf, and Matrix
  • 7 airbags including driver’s knee airbag
  • Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • Hyundai-first hidden rear-view camera
  • Numerous high-tech features:
  • ­Standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition
  • ­Available 7-inch touch-screen navigation system
  • ­Available proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition

The new Elantra GT represents a continued evolution of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language. Fluidic Sculpture evokes the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion. In addition to providing an attractive silhouette, the various exterior design elements of Elantra GT also provide a slippery aerodynamic profile. A low overall height, sleek side mirrors, small tire gaps, and streamlined rocker panels each contribute to an efficient 0.30 coefficient of drag. Reduced wind resistance provides quieter cruising and reduced fuel consumption.

The vehicle’s front end features Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille with chrome accents flowing into the hood. Along the side of the vehicle, the bold character lines are accented by available chrome beltline mouldings. Sharp projection headlamps, available fog lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome inlays complete the modern design.

As reported by Hyundai Canada
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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