Chicago LIVE: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

The Elantra GT is closely related to the Euro-spec i30.

Hyundai has lifted the veil off of the 2018 Elantra GT at the Chicago Auto Show.

As expected, the Elantra GT is essentially an Americanized version of the Euro-spec i30 that was shown to the public at last fall's Paris Auto Show. That means the Golf-sized model was designed entirely in Europe. Visually, it ushers in Hyundai's new design language with a hexagonal grille framed by thick chrome-look trim, and a set of swept-back headlights.

The cabin represents a huge leap forward in terms of design. It is much more modern-looking than before, and more high-tech, too. It's also more spacious than the current model thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase.

With 96.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and nearly 25 cubic feet of cargo volume, Hyundai expects the EPA to classify the GT as a large car. With the rear seats folded, cargo capacity expands to more than 55 cubic feet.

In Europe, the i30 is offered with a wide array of engines including a turbocharged, 1.0-liter three-cylinder and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel. Neither option will be available on our shores. Instead, the basic US-market GT will be powered by a 2.0-liter engine with an estimated 162 horsepower. The GT Sport will borrow the Elantra Sport's 1.6-liter turbo four, delivering an expected 201 horses and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Sales will begin in the next few months.

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