2012 Chicago Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Hyundai's Elantra GT hatchback, known as the i30 in the European market, makes its North American debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
- The 2013 Elantra GT goes on sale this summer.
- Powered by the same 148-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the rest of the Elantra lineup, the Elantra GT's fuel economy is an estimated 32 mpg city/highway combined.
On sale this summer, Hyundai says the 2013 Elantra GT is set to compete with the Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf. The Hyundai hatchback rides on a 104.3-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 169.3 inches. Height measures 57.9 inches, and width is just over 70 inches.
Powered by the same 148-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the rest of the Elantra lineup, the Elantra GT's fuel economy is an estimated 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway and 32 combined with either the six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission.
At 2,784 pounds, the automatic-transmission Elantra GT is nearly 200 pounds lighter than the Ford Focus or Mazda 3, and with 119 cubic feet of total interior volume, the Hyundai provides a more spacious cabin than its competitors.
A 172-watt AM/FM/satellite radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks comes standard, as does Bluetooth, and drivers can add a navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen and rearview camera. Two option packages are available — the Style package, which includes 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires, sport-tuned suspension and a panoramic sunroof, and the Tech package which comes with a navigation system, automatic headlamps, rearview camera, dual automatic temperature control and push-button start.
Edmunds.com says: Hyundai did a good job of transitioning the Elantra sedan's styling to a hatchback configuration. Between this, the Focus and the Mazda 3, there's never been a better crop of compact hatchbacks to choose from.