Hyundai Motor America introduced the refreshed 2014 Elantra GT in a North American debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show today. The 2014 Elantra GT adds a more powerful engine to a model known for its design, five-door functionality, sophisticated suspension tuning and interior space.
Hyundai upped both the horsepower and torque on the refreshed Elantra GT to make it even more fun to drive. The 2014 Elantra GT goes on sale in December.
- New for 2014:
- 2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engine replaces 1.8-liter Nu Multi Port Injection (MPI) engine
- Horsepower: 173 at 6,500 rpm
- Torque: 154 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm
- Best power-to-weight ratio in the segment
- Best-in-class specific output
- Driver’s blind spot mirror
- New available premium feature: LED taillights
HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2014 ELANTRA GT
- Sport-tuned suspension
- More passenger and cargo volume than Focus, Mazda3 and Golf
- Driver knee airbag – an Elantra first
- Hidden rear camera
- More aerodynamic than Impreza or Golf
THE BENEFITS OF GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION
This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.5:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are “dished” to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder.
‘FLUIDIC SCULPTURE’ DESIGN
The ‘Fluidic’ essence provides the Elantra GT with a slippery .30 coefficient of drag. Everything about Elantra GT is aerodynamic from the aggressive profile and low overall height, to the sleek side mirrors. Tire gaps are minimized while rocker panels are streamlined. Lower wind resistance translates into a smoother ride.
Up front, Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille with chrome accents flows into the hood. The bodyside graphic features a chrome beltline molding to keep up with the sleek character lines. Sharp projection headlamps, fog lights and available 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome spears complete the modern design. It’s all finished off in the rear with the new available LED taillights.
INTERIOR SPACE AND PRACTICALITY
Maximizing interior volume and delighting customers with various seating layouts are hallmarks of Hyundai engineering and translate into more cabin room, cargo space and versatility. The Elantra GT features seating layouts that can comfortably seat five people or accommodate four passengers, plus long items like golf clubs or snowboards. Fold down two seats to seat three people and hold larger packages or fold down all of the back seats to get CUV-sized cargo space. These options allow customers to discover that Elantra GT has more interior volume than Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf and even more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke crossover, thanks to fold-flat rear seats and rear seat cushions that can flip upward.
The Elantra GT includes a number of convenient, standard stowage and storage features, including a sunglasses holder, two front and two rear cup holders, door bottle holders, cooled glove compartment, central console storage, sliding armrest, front storage tray and front seatback pockets. The cargo area also has a 12-volt outlet for consumers who desire to plug in their portable electronic devices.
Elantra GT offers many premium features, such as:
- Standard cooled glove box
- Standard heated front seats
- Standard driver’s blind spot mirror
- LED taillights
- 10-way power driver’s seat including power lumbar support
- Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Clean Air Ionizer
- Leather seating surfaces
- Automatic headlights
- Side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
- Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls
- Standard Bluetooth hands-free system with voice recognition
The Elantra GT features the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection for its occupants. Active safety features include ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ABS (anti-lock braking system) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist and VSM (Vehicle Stability Management). In terms of passive safety, the Elantra GT is fitted with seven standard airbags – front, side and curtain including an Elantra-first driver’s knee airbag. The Elantra GT will also offer a standard driver’s blind spot mirror. The blind spot mirror is a traditional side view mirror designed with a secondary convex spotter in the top corner, which provides a view of the driver’s blind spot.