Hyundai has revealed the latest addition to the 2017 Elantra sedan range, the Elantra Sport. No, the 2017 Elantra Sport doesn’t just come with an angrier face and some sporty-looking styling treatments, it gets a significant overhaul under the skin as well.
Some of the ways you can tell that you’re looking at an Elantra Sport and not a standard model include a blacked-out grille with horizontal LED daytime running lights, a different layout within the headlight cluster, dual exhaust ports, and unique alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport comes with a flat-bottom steering wheel and sport seats with red accents and “Sport” embroidered on the seat backs.
Under the hood is a 1.6-liter turbo-four rated at 200 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque, and it can be paired to your choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Elantra Sport comes with a fully independent rear suspension instead of the torsion beam setup found on the SE, Eco, and Limited trims for improved driving dynamics.
“Elantra Sport demonstrates our commitment to providing drivers with compelling vehicle choices that align with their interests,” said Hyundai Motor America manager of product planning Mike Evanoff.
Hyundai has entered the enthusiast market to mostly lukewarm effect in the past, with offerings like the Veloster Turbo Rally Edition and Genesis Coupe R-Spec. The Elantra Sport is an even milder foray into this world, shaping up as more of a competitor to the Honda Civic 1.5-liter turbo, which can be had with a six-speed manual.
Hyundai said in a press release that the 2017 Elantra Sport will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2016. Additional details including specifications, features, and pricing, will be released closer to the car’s on-sale date.