Hyundai just revealed its Korean-market Avante Sport, but it’utes also a preview of what North American customers can expect in their?Elantra lineup.
The Avante is exactly what people in Seoul call a good Elantra, and the new performance model puts the automaker in a stronger position to fend off competitors from the likes associated with Honda, Volkswagen and Mazda.
The redesigned?2017 Elantra Limited we tested?had enhanced styling and a much better ride, but had been lacking in power. The game model’s Korean specs shows 204 horsepower from a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder, in addition to a multi-link rear suspension.
Transmission selections for the Avante Sport are a six-speed manual and seven-speed twin clutch automatic.
Basically, it looks like the upcoming Sport model will be a good Elantra that ditched it’s torsion beam rear suspension and adopted the powertrain of the Veloster Turbo, give or take a few horses (the Veloster has 201 hp as well as 195 pounds-feet of torque).
The model’s Korean counterpart includes a flat-bottomed steering wheel, paddle shifters for that DCT?and a dual-tone leather inside. 18-inch alloy wheels shod along with 225/40 R18 tires come standard, with quad exhaust plumbing and a more intense front fascia (with horizontal LED running lights) giving the actual model some stand alone recognition.
The base Elantra’utes 147 hp 2.0-liter has less power than the usual 2.0-liter Civic as well as would run and conceal from its competitor’s 174 hewlett packard Si version, so a muscle injection for the popular small is a business necessity for Hyundai.
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