2013 Hyundai Elantra GT offers stylish practicality

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Hyundai's 2013 Elantra GT is the latest addition to the Korean automaker's Elantra family of vehicles, which also includes the new 2013 Elantra Coupe and the well-known Elantra sedan. Based on the latest Hyundai i30 from Europe, the 5-door 2013 Elantra GT brings new style and substance to the compact hatchback segment.

Sporting Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design theme, the 2013 Elantra GT achieves a drag coefficient of .30 with its rounded, sleek bodywork. Distinguishing styling features include a large hexagonal grille, projector headlights, fog lights and available 17-inch wheels. A 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine produces 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to either a manual or automatic 6-speed transmission.

Inside, the 2013 Elantra GT comes equipped with a standard six-speaker audio system with Apple iPod, USB and auxiliary input jacks, as well as MP3, Bluetooth and satellite radio capability. There's also a new driver selectable steering mode with three settings including comfort, normal and sport. The comfort setting is suited to city driving while sport is meant for driving along highways and winding roads. In its normal setting, the Elantra GT is suited to a mix of driving conditions.

Hyundai has also outfitted the 2013 Elantra GT with its Blue Link telematics as standard equipment. Blue Link employs such features as automatic crash notification and assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and SOS emergency assistance.

Other interior features include a standard cooled glove box, a 10-way power driver's seat, standard heated front seats, leather upholstery and an available navigation system and rear-view camera, which both make use of a seven-inch touch-screen display.

All 2013 Elantra GT's come standard with electronic stability control, vehicle stability management and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. The Elantra GT also has no less than seven airbags, including front, side and curtain airbags as well as a driver's knee airbag.

Due to arrive later this year, the 2013 Elantra GT will compete with the likes of the Mazda3, the Toyota Matrix and the Volkswagen Golf.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, Hyundai, 2013, Elantra GT, Compact,

Organizations: Hyundai

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