The 2018 Elantra GT will come in seven different trim levels.
We first saw the new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT at this year's Chicago Auto Show back in the dredges of winter. The warm weather has now arrived, and Hyundai has finally filled us in on a few more details, including the GT's fuel economy numbers, as well as the ever-important pricing. The hatchback will have a starting MSRP of $30,449, which is a $450 increase over last year's base model.
The 2018 Elantra GT will come in seven different trim levels, ranging from the aforementioned base GL with manual transmission, to the Sport Ultimate DCT, which will cost $30,499. That's a more than $4,000 jump up from the highest-priced Elantra GT from last year, the $26,249 Limited model.
There are plenty of reasons for the price jump, of course. For instance, the Sport Ultimate is the first Hyundai model in Canada to come with the company's BlueLink telematics service. Similar to other in-house telematics systems such as Ford's Sync, BlueLink allows the driver to control certain vehicle functions, such as climate control, remote starting, and locking and unlocking doors, through the web or a phone app. Buyers of the Sport Ultimate model get a five-year subscription to Blue Link.
While only one Elantra GT trim - the base GL - was available with a manual transmission for the 2017 model year, three trims can be equipped with a six-speed manual for 2018. The other transmission options are both automatics - either a six-speed automatic, or a seven-speed dual-clutch setup.
Also new this year is a second engine choice. In addition to the base naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (162 horsepower/150 pound-feet of torque), Hyundai is offering Elantra GT buyers a 1.6-litre four-cylinder powerplant with turbocharging (201 hp/195 lb-ft of torque). Once again, you'll have to be willing to pay a premium for the more powerful turbocharged engine, as it's only available in the more expensive Sport trims.
Fuel economy ranges from 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres highway for the dual-clutch Sport and Sport Ultimate models, up to 10.7 L/100 km in the city for manual Elantra GTs in the same Sport and Sport Ultimate trims.
The 2018 Elantra GT is on sale now in dealerships across the country. It takes on a slew of new and long-time hatchbacks in the segment, including the Honda Civic Hatchback, Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, Mazda3 Sport, and Toyota Corolla iM, among others.