2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Arrives at Dealerships Later This Year

DETROIT — The high-performance 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport will arrive at Hyundai dealerships later this year, following a debut at the 2016 SEMA Show, Edmunds has learned.

Targeting the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Jetta GLI SE, the Elantra Sport is based on the redesigned 2017 Elantra sedan that is on sale now.

The 2017 Elantra Sport will deliver an estimated 200 horsepower from a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It will also feature bigger brakes and larger, 18-inch wheels. In comparison, the base 2017 Elantra is equipped with a 147-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

A retuned front suspension and a multilink rear suspension round out the package on the 2017 Elantra Sport.

Pricing has not been announced.

Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski told Edmunds the Elantra Sport is aimed "at the performance enthusiast."

He added: "We have not really had a (Honda Civic) Si type of product before. We have had Sport models among the Elantras, but this is a completely different vehicle."

Previous Sport models focused primarily on the engine and not the brakes, tires and suspension.

"The exterior will have unique styling on the front and rear, so significant changes," said Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai senior group manager of product planning.

The Sport model will be positioned as the Elantra line's flagship model.

"We anticipate that is going to be maybe 7 to 10 percent of our (sales) mix," Ramirez said.

Curiously, Hyundai said it is not targeting the Ford Focus RS or Focus ST, although shoppers also may consider those vehicles.

Hyundai is preparing a wide range of accessories to personalize the car that will be available through Hyundai dealers. In addition, the automaker is working with companies in the aftermarket that create automotive specialty products.

Hyundai also confirmed that an Elantra coupe is not planned, nor is a hybrid model based on the Elantra.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers who make performance a priority will have a new choice in Hyundai showrooms later this year.

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