The latest rumor flying around the mill concerning the soon to be introduced Sport specification for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra has the US version tipped to come to the table with a host of updates, including a performance increase.
That would come courtesy of a more than interesting power boost – you may remember that a while back in January we told you of the pricing for the 2017 model year Elantra and the automaker also said a Sport trim would become available later on this year. The company also promised this would become the “most dynamic Elantra ever” and now the latest report corroborates these affirmations – the engine under the hood, a turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline unit, is tipped to develop around 200 horsepower. This would make it jump through the roof compared to the regular Elantra models, which can only be ordered for now using under the hood a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter churning out 147 hp. And if you want something else for now you’ll have to settle as of this spring for even less – Hyundai is also offering the Elantra Eco which comes with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that drops the power rating to 128 hp.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport appears to have a standard six-speed manual gearbox but the more pretentious can also go for the optional dual-clutch automatic transmission if they shell out more money. A possible introduction for the Sport trim might occur during November’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas. Expect the model’s Sport trim to be carried over to the Elantra GT five-door hatchback if it’s successful, but upcoming owners need to remember the latter is based off the previous generation.