Category: Automotive Published on Thursday, 12 July 2012 10:21 Written by Tapa Menon
Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. recently introduced the all-new 2013 Elantra GT, which is now available in dealerships across Canada. Starting at an MSRP of $19,149, the Elantra GT arrives with an extra long list of standard features as it brings five-door functionality and European driving dynamics to the expanding Elantra line-up. Based on the new generation of the European-market Hyundai i30 model, the Elantra GT is one of three vehicles now carrying the Elantra nameplate, joining the Elantra Coupe and the 2012 North American and Canadian Car of the Year, the Elantra Sedan.
The 2013 Elantra GT is set to compete with five-door hatchbacks like the Ford Focus, Mazda3 Sport, and Volkswagen Golf. Featuring generous interior volume, unsurpassed fuel economy, a European-tuned chassis, and a Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) system, the Elantra GT blends practicality with driving enjoyment.
CONTINUED EVOLUTION OF “FLUIDIC SCULPTURE” DESIGN
The new Elantra GT represents a continued evolution of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language. Fluidic Sculpture evokes the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion. In addition to providing an attractive silhouette, the various exterior design elements of Elantra GT also provide a slippery aerodynamic profile. A low overall height, sleek side mirrors, small tire gaps, and streamlined rocker panels each contribute to an efficient 0.30 coefficient of drag. With reduced wind resistance comes quieter cruising and reduced fuel consumption.
The Elantra GT is geared up with a standard six-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. The Elantra GT’s six-speed manual transmission optimizes engine performance while providing a crisp shift action.
INTERIOR SPACE AND PRACTICALITY
Thanks to its five-door hatchback layout and fold-flat second row, Elantra GT brings an added level of practicality and versatility to the Elantra line-up. With the second row up, the spacious cabin of the Elantra GT provides comfortable space for five passengers. When required, the 60/40 split rear seat can be folded flat to create a 1,444 litre cargo area. With more interior volume than the Ford Focus, Mazda3 Sport, Toyota Matrix, and Volkswagen Golf, Elantra GT proclaims its superiority in both space and functionality.
The Elantra GT also offers a number of convenient stowage and storage features, including a sunglass holder, two front and two rear cup holders, door bottle holders, cooled glove compartment, central console storage, front storage tray, front seatback pockets, and under-floor storage in the cargo area. The cargo area also features an available 12-volt outlet for powering and charging portable electronic devices.
LIGHTEST FIVE-DOOR HATCHBACK IN THE COMPACT SEGMENT
Elantra GT’s widespread use of high tensile-strength steel provides a 37% increase in body stiffness at a lower body weight as compared to the outgoing Elantra Touring. Starting at 1,245 kg, Elantra GT is the lightest five-door hatchback in the compact segment. This weight-efficient unibody architecture allows Elantra GT to achieve a 4.9 L/100 km highway rating without the need for a special “eco” model. As an added benefit, the rigid structure helps the Elantra GT’s suspension to operate more precisely.
ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
The level of standard safety features in the Elantra GT is extraordinary for the compact segment. A Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system optimally manages the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle in slippery conditions or during fast cornering. A Traction Control System (TCS) is also included.
Elantra GT features seven airbags including driver’s knee, dual front, seat-mounted side-impact, and side curtains. A four-wheel disc braking package provides confident stopping ability. The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) features Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). EBD evaluates the impact of the vehicle’s load on weight distribution and adjusts braking force accordingly between the front and rear axles. In a panic stop situation, Brake Assist ensures maximum braking force is applied. As noted, all these safety features come standard with the Elantra GT.