Aiming to compete with the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic, Hyundai has planned to release its new Elantra with improved powertrain and sportier looks. Based on Hyundai’s i30 model, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is a sporty hatchback that is determined to steal many hearts. Quite unlike its previous versions which were sedans, Hyundai has been making hatchback versions of this vehicle since 2017. With newer grilles and more comfortable interiors, this surely looks gorgeous although some car lovers despise shortening it down.
2018 Hyundai Elantra Powertrain
The base model of this vehicle will be a 2.0 liters 4 cylinder engine. Expect this to make a maximum of 162 HP. As opposed to its predecessor, it’s going to be mated with a six-speed auto transmission although Hyundai has kept manual transmission an option.
The superior GT Sports trim will be featuring a 1.6 liters turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This can make a maximum of 201 HP, way above than what its basic model can. Combatting against its Volkswagen rival, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra introduces a more responsive transmission. The Sports trim will likely come with 7-speed transmission with a dual clutch.
Regarding performance, this new vehicle is expected to outperform its older models as well as its rivals in this segment. All the versions are specially tweaked for better ride height and improved handling. Owing to its buffed up shorter structure, it is expected to gain more acceleration. Although Hyundai has not yet released exact figures for the same.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sports trim comes with more improved features like inclusion of multi-link suspension replacing the rear beam setup. Car experts claim that it is expected to perform better in terms of handling this vehicle, one of the shortcomings that it faced.
Hyundai Elantra 2018 Design
Based on a newer platform and body structure, this new vehicle has got rid of the excess weight. This is evidently done to improve suspension and lighten it up a bit. Made from high strength steel, it is more rigid than before. The car maker has been working on improving its overall appearance, hence the stiff body.
Aiming to beat its Ford and Mazda competitors, 2018 Hyundai Elantra has got more powerful braking, which asks for inclusion in its safety features. This vehicle manages to look nicer, thanks to its facelift.
Typical to most of the Hyundai cars, Hyundai Elantra 2018 has got a circular finish with a larger hood. The front mesh grilles are more distinct, and the scoops on either sides of it are more generous and extend to the center. DRL and excess of LED lighting intend to improve visibility.
From the inside, it looks pretty much the same as most of Hyundai’s vehicles. Although 2018 Hyundai Elantra can be expected to roomier and spacious, its new infotainment system is what keeps it class apart. Seating arrangement has been improved with more room and vicinity to air conditioning.
The new touch screen infotainment is a standalone device quite unlike previously being stuffed into the dashboard. Compatible and connectible with smartphones, it promises to offer maximum entertainment even on longer rides.
Pricing and Release Date
Hyundai has not revealed the release date for 2018 Hyundai Elantra but expects this vehicle by the beginning of 2018. Nothing is sure about its price, but it is sure to fall in sub $20,000 category.