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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT confirmed as Chicago show debut

February 3, 2017

Hyundai has confirmed it will be unveiling the new Elantra GT at the Chicago auto show later this month, announcing the news with a handful of teaser images.

Last month it was reported that Hyundai was planning to unveil a new vehicle at the Chicago show, and now we know what that vehicle will be. The Elantra GT is set to be the US-spec i30, using the conventional five-door hatchback layout.

The Elantra GT is likely to adopt a similar range of powertrains as the new i30, including a range-topping turbo variant which is called Sport in the US. These teaser images hint at such a sporty variant, especially with red highlights and stitching for the steering wheel. The front end teaser shows the grown-up design, just like what is showcased on the new i30 hatch.

You can see the premium-look front grille with its titanium-like surround, intricate mesh, and some slimline headlights featuring modern bulbs, and a sporty lower chin section.

The Australian-spec Elantra is sold in sedan form only with a boot lid, while the new i30 is set to arrive here in a few months.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.