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Hyundai Elantra GT Gets a Price Tag

Source: 2013 Hyundai Elentra GT/ Hyundai USA

Following its debut at the Chicago Auto Show last February, Hyundai finally put a price tag on its 2013 Elantra GT. The car will cost $19,170, and it will be available for dealership starting next month. Meanwhile, those who prefer automatic transmission will need to shell out an extra grand.

Elantra is one of the automaker’s well-received car models in addition to Sonata and Genesis. That’s why Hyundai will be extending its line with a five-door hatch next year. It is said to compete against Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf. It offers the same power train as its coupe counterpart, although it is a bit shorter than the other Elantra model.

A Peek Inside Hyundai Elantra GT

The vehicle makes 148 horsepower out of its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, together with its 131 pound-foot of torque and 28 mpg and 39 mpg mileage in the city and highway respectively. Compared to its competitors, the Hyundai Elantra GT features more interior space and fold-down rear seats for more cargo room of up to 51 cubic feet.

It is tweaked a bit from the base model with higher spring rates, V-beam rear suspension, integrated stabilizer, and Sachs dampers. The car also has an even tauter handling—thanks to its Style trim. Hyundai’s 2013 Elantra will also have a driver-selectable steering mode, allowing drivers to choose from comfort, normal and sport modes. Each selection has unique characteristics that adjust steering weight and on-center feel.

Meet the Hyundai Elantra Coupe

Other than the Elantra GT, Hyundai also unveiled its 2013 Elantra Coupe during this year’s Chicago Auto Show. It is a two-door coupe that will rival Honda Civic and Kia Fort Koup. The car will feature a 40 mpg mileage on the highway, fuel-efficient 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, slinky styling, and roomy interior.

The car manufacturer aims to offer the Elantra Coupe to young buyers with its front-wheel drive option. Its fun-to-drive feature will tap a market other than the rear-drive Genesis coupe enthusiasts.

Hyundai’s Elantra Coupe outputs 148 hp, 131 lb-ft of torque, 29 mpg city mileage, and 40 mpg highway mileage. Its base version measures 2,687 lbs. and it sports the automaker’s fluid sculpture theme with flowing beltline, prominent headlight and flared wheels.  The car is expected to continue the momentum that its sedan kin has started, which garnered the North American Car of the Year Award last January.

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