Certainly one of our favourite reasonably priced hatchbacks is saying goodbye, and we’re by no means able to see it go. Hyundai will discontinue the Elantra GT within the U.S. after the 2020 mannequin yr to concentrate on its rising crossover lineup.
Hyundai mentioned the choice was “attributable to [an] expanded SUV lineup that features Venue and Kona.” It is a disgrace that Hyundai is sacrificing the Elantra GT, as a result of we at all times considered it as an important crossover alternative due to its spacious rear seats, cavernous cargo capability, and powerful visibility. We additionally love that the hatchback is nimble, comparatively quiet, and enjoyable to take round a nook.
This additionally marks the tip of the highway for the even-more-entertaining Elantra GT N Line. Together with a extra highly effective engine making 201 horsepower, this variant presents a slick-shifting six-speed guide transmission. In a nutshell, it is a cheaper, and arguably just-as-fun-to-drive Volkswagen GTI different. These in search of spirited efficiency could wish to take into account the upcoming Elantra N Line sedan, which seems to be promising based mostly on early teaser photographs. And let’s not overlook in regards to the raucous, three-door Hyundai Veloster N, which delivers a typical 275 horsepower for the brand new mannequin yr.
Additionally guaranteeing this information stings? We have been hoping that the Elantra GT would obtain the identical upscale therapies because the just lately up to date i30 hatchback for Europe. This refreshed sister mannequin to the U.S. automobile options attractively slim headlights and an assertive grille, plus extra up-to-date inside tech. However as an alternative of getting some much-needed TLC, the Elantra GT joins the Ford Focus ST, Volkswagen Golf R, and lots of different delectable hatches within the grave. We’ll proceed to mourn these wonderful automobiles felled by taller, much less enjoyable, however apparently extra in style crossovers and SUVs.