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Old 02-08-2012, 04:31 AM   #1
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yundai is making big news at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show with additions to its new Elantra lineup. First up – the new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback. The 5-door Elantra hatch offers more functionality for an active lifestyle and ‘European driving dynamics’ since it is based on the new i30 model specifically designed for the Euro 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.”

Hyundai says that the new 2013 Elantra GT will compete with the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf and will offer more interior space and fuel-economy than its competitors. It also weighs the least out of the bunch at just 2,784 pounds (with an automatic) - 175 pounds lighter than Focus, 151 pounds lighter than Mazda3 and 222 pounds lighter than Golf.

Power for the Elantra GT comes from the same 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine as the Elantra sedan. The engine pumps out 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. Mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT averages an estimated 28/39 mpg (city/highway).


Inside the Elantra GT, offers more interior volume than the Toyota Matrix, Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf and even more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke crossover. Technology wise, the 2013 Elantra GT comes standard with a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth and Hyundai’s new BlueLink infotainment system. Optionally, buyers can add SiriusXM Satellite Radio, real-time NavTraffic and Data services, leather trim, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and a panoramic sunroof.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hits dealerships this summer. Price, as always, will be announced closer to launch date.





















































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Old 02-08-2012, 07:16 AM   #2
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What? No turbo?
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:07 AM   #3
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don't really care about a turbo, but much like my feeling with the new impreza, I wish they offer a bigger engine as an option for people like me who need to car pool with bigger friends
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:04 PM   #4
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Looks a million times better than the accompanying coupe. Then again, it's rare that a front drive coupe doesn't look like crap these days.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:36 PM   #5
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Like the styling.

Still looks like it's full of crap i'd rather do without, to get a car this size a little cheaper.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:35 PM   #6
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Like the styling.

Still looks like it's full of crap i'd rather do without, to get a car this size a little cheaper.
They almost always show the full-option version of the car to be more impressive.

This isn't the base model of the Elantra GT... which will almost certainly be more sparse, and less expensive.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:42 PM   #7
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Seems like they're stepping on the Veloster's toes a bit with this one.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:41 AM   #8
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Contenting is a problem for manufacturers. If you load up one of these cars the gap between base and loaded becomes very significant. Then you risk pricing the car above the entry level of the next highest model.

I like what Hyundai has done with their design and content but when you drive them they still disappoint. I guess you have to have compromises somewhere.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:05 AM   #9
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They almost always show the full-option version of the car to be more impressive.

This isn't the base model of the Elantra GT... which will almost certainly be more sparse, and less expensive.
Too often, though, the problem isn't that there's a base and a loaded, it's that in order to get one that LOOKS like the one they show, you have to get all the crap. It'll be part of some option 'package' that means in order to get nice wheels, you have to get the nav, autostick, and rear camera. What if I wanted a decent car, one that looks as good as the show car, but without the nonsense?
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:54 PM   #10
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Like the styling.

Still looks like it's full of crap i'd rather do without, to get a car this size a little cheaper.
Edit: read your last post, check out the cars when they actually come out

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Seems like they're stepping on the Veloster's toes a bit with this one.
One being a stylized coupe vs a 5 door hatch, the styling elements maybe similar but I don' think they will really overlap.

This is the other Hyundai DD i'd consider getting after seeing pics of the euro market i30

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Old 02-09-2012, 07:36 PM   #11
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Too often, though, the problem isn't that there's a base and a loaded, it's that in order to get one that LOOKS like the one they show, you have to get all the crap. It'll be part of some option 'package' that means in order to get nice wheels, you have to get the nav, autostick, and rear camera. What if I wanted a decent car, one that looks as good as the show car, but without the nonsense?
I would tend to agree with you.

Sometimes, I have the other problem. I want the nicely optioned car, but I want a manual gearbox, which everyone seems to think is a bargain basement item only, unless it is such a performance car that a manual can't be ignored across the whole model specification.

In your example, however... wheels are something I would barely consider in that case. Aftermarket wheels look better than most stock wheels, even the "nice" ones., and even the nice OE ones can be sourced as take-offs sometimes. And they are one of the single easiest functional and aesthetic changes to make, excluding cheesy pep-boys bling stuff.

My problem with that sort of contenting issue is when two factory-specification issues are mutually exclusive, that are not easy at all to change, like transmission with engine choice, or crazy paint color restrictions. Things that are not possible, or way too expensive to consider changing after you drive the car off the lot.

There was a recent article that was talking about how manufacturers, and I think Hyundai was mentioned, are finding that it is actually cheaper to load all the cars with amenities, to reduce variable costs in setting up the manufacturing process to be flexible. The options themselves cost less to put into the car per unit for all the units (large economy of scale reduces the price per unit), than the manufacturing process expenses of building customized feature sets from one car to the next on the line. So more and more cars are coming with more standard options, but less customization.
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I don't understand how they think they can call this thing a "GT" when it has 148 HP. There is nothing GT about this!
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Marketing spin.

"Touring is so 'existing model', and GT is new. Oh, wait, we used Elantra GT on a 5-door sedan previously... nobody will remember that, though...'

It isn't any different than calling a 4-door as a coupe. Marketing department silver-tongues will say anything and everything if they think there is even a minuscule improvement in un-quantifiable public opinion.
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Yep, was excited when I read GT in the title, I was hoping for a sporty model. Oh well.
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Putting GT on a high performance luxury car is equal part marketing speak and people only associate performance with GT because of that.
GT means Grand Touring and in a literal translationg the Elantra GT can qualify as such
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The plot thickens. I sat in a Elantra 4 door at the auto show and really liked it but would hate to give up the utility of my Impreza wagon (at least in terms of cargo volume), looks like things are going to get interesting.
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don't really care about a turbo, but much like my feeling with the new impreza, I wish they offer a bigger engine as an option for people like me who need to car pool with bigger friends
why? 170hp in our outback and obs move 4-5 people just fine, even when merging and passing.
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This is my wifes second choice right now. Prius V is number 1, but once she sits in this, maybe her mind will change?
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Hyundai's are selling pretty good here. Most ppl are not enthusiasts like us and with the price of fuel and a bad economy more are looking at fuel economy over performance. Hyundia has good looking cars now. My gf's cousin just bought a pearl black Sonata and it looks nice, gets good milage and has decent room.I think this is why the Veloster turbo is a compromise between power and fuel efficiency and didn't get 2.0 turbo like the Sonata turbo.
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I hate zombie crap, but that is neat. I particularly like the rivet/stiching on the body.
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