By on August 30, 2016

hyundai N Division

Hyundai’s plans to diversify the Elantra lineup continues apace, with the automaker dropping teaser images of the next GT hatch and posting a video of a possible N-badged high-performance variant.

Expect more maturity and style from the hatchback Elantra, and, if the automaker is really serious about its N Division, a turbocharged stick-shift funmobile with room for camping equipment.

hyundai i30 2017

In Europe, the model goes by another name, so the next-generation i30’s September 7 unveiling will give us a good look at the stateside Elantra GT. Playing catch-up to its sedan sibling, which bowed earlier this year as a 2017 model, the GT’s official debut happens later this month at the Paris Motor Show.

The next-generation model sports more refined styling, with a “cascading” front grille that resembles the sedan’s and (from certain angles) some Infiniti models. Hyundai promises an “efficient and dynamic powertrain line-up,” meaning we’ll likely see Eco and Sport versions of the updated hatch.

2017 hyundai i30

The 2017 Elantra Sport features a turbocharged 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder making “more than” 200 horsepower and 190 pounds-feet of torque, according to the automaker. That mill would give Hyundai a player in the hot hatch field. However, a video posted by the company suggests a more sport-tuned offering could be in the works.

The video, posted on Hyundai’s YouTube channel, is titled “N in Progress,” and shows a camo-clad four-door hatch navigating a hairpin-heavy closed course. The vehicle looks like a current generation GT, but a modified one at that.

Will we finally see a production Hyundai GT variant with N Division fingerprints on it? If so, the upcoming Honda Civic Si can expect competition from the Koreans.

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9 Comments on “Hyundai Heaves Hefty Hints of a Hotter Hatch...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Someone who cares will mention Hyundai/Kia’s vague steering and suspension, blah, blah, blah.

    It’ll never be a FiST, GTI, or Si!!

    • 0 avatar

      Well as always this is the Korean’s opportunity to prove that they understand suspension tuning. That has been the ongoing complaint from reviewers for roughly a decade. “Hey they build a competent car but still have something to learn about suspension tuning.”

      • 0 avatar

        Actually, the suspension tuning on the Sonata, Tucson and even the rear-beam Elantra are pretty darn good, it’s the tuning of the steering feel/feedback that needs work (altho, the Australian Hyundai tuners do a better job in that regard – don’t know why Hyundai USA just doesn’t use the superior Aussie tuning).

        Anyway, here’s what Auto Express had to say in a prototype drive.

        “He’s right. The new i30 feels much sportier than the outgoing car, with well-weighted steering and very little roll in the corners. Our drive was on a sodden August afternoon – but even in damp conditions grip seemed good, rivalling the best in class for body control.

        Hyundai has ditched the existing car’s three steering modes, in favour of just two this time around. We tested both Normal and Sport mode – and while the latter appears ever so slightly heavier, Fortenbacher insists the differences will become clear when we drive the new and existing cars back-to-back.

        The high-speed ride is impressive, too. Granted, our run took place mainly on ultra-smooth German autobahn, but the multi-link rear axis and new geometry make it a seriously competent long-distance cruiser. It’s a little bit fidgety on slower roads, but that’s the compromise you must make when trying to find a balance between agility and comfort. It’s certainly no worse than a SEAT Leon in this respect.”

    • 0 avatar

      These things are important. I have a Fit rental today. The steering is a revelation. The steering on the Soul rental I had was so bad I took it back early. Hyundai can’t get steering wrong in a car aimed at enthusiasts.

  • avatar

    So this will probably be the exact same car then as the Kia Forte5 Turbo? I’ve wondered for a while now, why Hyundai hadn’t updated their version of the twins to have turbo/stick availability.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    It good to see the Korean manufacturers gradually ramp up their offerings.

    I do view Hyundai and Kia in a decade to be up there with the best, especially when they build a decent midsize ute. They need to then build real SUVs.

    Hyundai and Kia need to keep on developing newer and better value packed vehicles.

  • avatar

    Nice alliteration Steph.

  • avatar

    Well lookie there, the front end is a Q50, and the back is a Golf!

  • avatar

    The more cookie-cutter cars in each segment become because aero, the more elaborate the camouflage.

    “a player in the hot hatch field”

    A new purveyor of dress shields!

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