- - Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fun-to-Drive, Unsurpassed Fuel Economy and Five-Door Versatility

Hyundai Motor America today introduced the all-new 2013 Elantra GT in a North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Elantra GT brings five-door functionality and European driving dynamics to the expanding Elantra lineup and is slated to hit dealerships this summer. The lineup now includes Elantra Coupe — also making its world debut today and the popular Elantra sedan, the 2012 North American Car of the Year. Elantra GT is based on the new-generation i30 model designed for the European market.

“Elantra GT is a fun-to-drive, functional, five-door compact hatchback,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Elantra GT is the latest example of how Hyundai is redefining the compact car and setting new standards in automotive design, efficiency and functionality.”

The 2013 Elantra GT will compete with the Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf, featuring more interior volume than these models, unsurpassed fuel economy and Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA GT

• ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design

• Powered by an advanced 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and in-house six-speed automatic or manual transmission

• Horsepower: 148 at 6,500 rpm (ULEV)

• Best-in-class standard fuel economy estimated at 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway (M/T)

• Best-in-class specific output at 82.2 horsepower per liter

• Lightest five-door hatchback in the compact segment

• Sport-tuned suspension

• More passenger and cargo volume than Focus, Mazda3, Golf and Matrix

• Driver knee airbag- an Elantra first

• Hidden rear camera

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