Hyundai introduces an all-new Elantra GT at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT unveiling

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

Hyundai took the wraps off an all-new Elantra GT during media days today at the Chicago Auto Show. Lower, wider and with more aggressive-looking styling, the third-generation is also lighter (the body-in-white weighs 61 pounds less) and stiffer (22 percent more rigid) than the outgoing model.

It's also larger inside, with 96.5 cubic feet of passenger space and almost 25 cubic feet of cargo volume. In fact, that's so much space that Hyundai fully expects the EPA to classify the new Elantra GT as a large car.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT press conference at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Outside, the new Elantra GT features an even larger hexagonal grill – what Hyundai describes as "cascading." Along the sides, a single upper character line extends from the headlights to the tail lights. Base models get standard 17-inch alloys, while the upscale Sport model comes with 18-inch alloys. In back, LED tail lights are standard.

Inside, the restyled dashboard comes with a larger 8-inch touchscreen, while the infotainment system features satellite radio, HD radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT front 3/4 view

Under the hood, the engine in the base model carries over from 2017, although horsepower is down by 11 (from 173 to 162) and torque is down by 4 lb-ft (from 154 lb-ft to 150 lb-ft). Meanwhile, the new Sport trim comes with a 1.6-liter turbo-4 that generates 2-1 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. The optional transmission on the base model will be a 6-speed automatic, while a 6-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) will be optional on the Sport.

We also expect the new Elantra GT to be more nimble in the handling department. According to Hyundai, much of the new model's chassis tuning was carried out on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit – which is a good sign for those interested in vehicle dynamics.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT panoramic sunroof

On the technology front, options will include Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi technology and wireless smartphone charging. In addition, "A bird’s eye view has also been added to Navigation maps and drivers can now get traffic flow and incident data without ever paying for a subscription via HD Radio.

Speaking of connectivity, Blue Link subscribers can access a new enhanced remote start with climate control feature that includes control of the rear defroster and heated outside mirrors. In addition, the new Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa means owners can direct their Amazon Echo or Dot to execute a number of vehicle functions such as "Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my car at 80 degrees" (provided the Blue Link skill in their Alexa app is enabled and after Alexa prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN).

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT prices and availability

According to a Hyundai spokesperson, the 2018 Elantra GT should be arriving in Hyundai dealer showrooms near the beginning of summer. Pricing will be released closer to its on-sale date, although Hyundai also notes that "you've got the current car to compare it to" so new GT should be priced in the same neighborhood as the outgoing model.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT greenhouse detail
images courtesy of the Chicago Auto Show