This 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport, unveiled in the US yesterday, is likely to form the basis for the Elantra SR Turbo that is set to hit Australian showrooms later this year.
Billed as the most powerful Elantra ever created, the model sports a sportier front bumper with new LED fog lights, a blacked out grille and deeper air intakes.
Down the sides, it gains chunkier side skirts, while at the back, we can see a different rear bumper incorporating a small diffuser and twin tailpipes. Rounding out the sporty makeover is a set of two-toned 18-inch alloy wheels.
The interior also gets a sprinkling of sporting flavour with a flat-bottom steering wheel, leather sports seats with red contrast stitching and black headlining.
Underneath the Elantra Sport’s bonnet is Hyundai’s 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine shared with the Veloster SR Turbo, delivering 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque. It is married to either a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
To match the more powerful engine, Hyundai has also upgraded the car’s rear suspension with independent multi-link units, which promises a more engaging driving experience.
The Hyundai Elantra Sport will go on sale in the U.S. later this year – around the same time as the Elantra SR Turbo’s launch date in Australia.