While the facelifted 2019 Hyundai Elantra went on sale two months ago in the United States, there is still room for extra versions.
The range-topping Sport grade is yet to make its debut, with the unveiling most likely scheduled for the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. However, you don’t have to wait until then to see it, as Hyundai has revealed it for the Korean market. It’s called the Avante Sport over there, although the name is the only major difference to the US-spec car.
Compared to lesser models, the Avante/Elantra Sport features a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 204 PS (201 hp) and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque.
That’s the same powertrain found in the recently-unveiled 2020 Kia Forte GT. The unit is linked to either a standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Korean-spec model also features rear multi-link suspension and bigger brakes for a more focused driving experience.
Styling-wise, the Elantra Sport will be easily distinguishable from regular Elantras thanks to a sportier body kit. It includes a black honeycomb mesh grille, 18-inch alloys, beefier side skirts, a boot lid spoiler, and a twin sports muffler.
On the inside, this Sport version brings unique features such as a new red or black leather upholstery, flat-bottomed steering wheel (with paddle shifters for the dual-clutch transmission), and a sports instrument cluster. The carbon-like trim, aluminum pedals, and metal scuff plates round off the cabin upgrades.
Hyundai didn’t offer performance specs but did release fuel economy figures for the Korean-spec Avante Sport. The DCT-equipped model has a claimed combined fuel consumption of 12 km/L, equivalent to 28.2 mpg US or 8.3 l/100 km.
Arriving soon Stateside, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport will be priced from $22,400 with the manual gearbox and $23,500 with the dual-clutch transmission.
Kudos to Jean-Philippe for the tip!