Hyundai is working real hard to give a complete makeover to its car and they have been quite successful in the previous few years to do so. Their latest Fluidic 2.0 design language has yielded some good results in India atleast. Now Hyundai is trying to diversify its operations by launching specialized cars like Genesis, N-Series and other sports variants.
In this quest, Hyundai is all set to launch the Hyundai Elantra Sport sedan (known as Avante in home country, South Korea), which will be a performance variant of the popular Elantra premium sedan. The upcoming Elantra Sport has been spied completely undisguised and photographed in what it looks like a dealership yard. Earlier too, innumerous spy shots, but mostly camouflaged are leaked.
As seen from the spy shots, the Elantra Sport has received a completely redesigned front fascia as compared to the regular Elantra. The headlamp unit is bigger now, fog lights are horizontally placed and fitted above the air intakes, while the underlining bumper has also been reworked. Overall, the Sport version retains the silhouette of the regular sedan yet manages to look sporty and appealing.
At the rear end too, the tail light cluster is updated, the reflectors are refreshed while the bumper cladding that houses twin exhaust pipe is also reworked. Reports are that Hyundai will equip the Sport Elantra will independent rear suspension to give it better handling. The interiors will also be updated with the addition of sporty bits to go well with the overall appeal.
The biggest change will come in the form of the engine beneath the hood. The Elantra Sport will most likely be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre GDi engine sourced from the new Tucson. The unit will produce 200 horses and a peak torque of 264 Nm. The power will be sent to the wheels via a 7-speed DCT gearbox.
As for the launch details, nothing official has been confirmed for now. The launch can happen anytime soon in South Korea and the car will be priced at a premium over the regular sedan. As for India, we are yet to receive the new Elantra in the country so the chances of getting a Sport variant are feeble.
Spy shots - Bobaedream