The South Korean automaker has taken the wraps at home off the new Avante Sport model, which should then make the trip to international markets as the 2017 Elantra Sport.
As far as the US market is concerned, according to Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski, the reveal should take place this November during the SEMA show. But the South Korean unit has already revealed it, albeit calling it the Avante Sport. Most likely, the US and international versions will look exactly the same as the KDM specification “Avante Sport”. We already know the new Elantra is more attractive than its predecessor, and the Sport version will be even more appealing thanks to the addition of a more aggressive body kit. We have a reworked front bumper big air intakes and horizontal (instead of vertical) LED daytime running lights. There’s also a red “Sport” badge on the radiator grille and the headlight graphics have been treated to red accents.
On the side we noticed the new side skirts and the 18-inch alloy wheels clad in 225/40 R18 tires that should come with different designs to satisfy everyone. The rear also sports a modified bumper complete with faux diffuser and chromed dual exhaust tips. Rounding off the visual changes are the reworked LED taillights. The design changes are also backed with a multi-link rear suspension, which should enhance drivability. Under the hood sits turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine developing 204 PS in the Avante Sport, translating into about 200 horsepower for the international and US versions, assisted by the 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) maximum torque. At home in Korea there’s a standard six speed manual or an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. That’s enough to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in a rather unspectacular eight seconds. The interior has also been treated to faux carbon fiber trim, sports seats, red accents and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.