Hyundai South Korea has taken the wraps off the Avante Sport which will come to the U.S. as the 2017 Elantra Sport.

About two months ago, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski announced plans to introduce the 2017 Elantra Sport this November at SEMA. You won’t have to wait until then to see the car because at home in South Korea the model has already been revealed on the company’s website. It’s called the “Avante Sport” in K.D.M. specification and most likely the U.S. model is going to look virtually the same.

The regular model is already quite attractive, but this one is even more appealing as a result of the slightly more aggressive body. There’s a beefier front bumper with larger air intakes and horizontal (instead of vertical) LED daytime running lights. The grille has gained a red “Sport” badge and we also notice the modified headlight graphics now featuring red accents.

The side profile reveals more prominent skirts and 18-inch alloy wheels (with 225/40 R18 tires) which will be available in several designs. The back of the car is home to a redesigned bumper hosting a faux diffuser and a pair of exhaust tips finished in chrome. In addition, the taillights appear to look sharper thanks to the different LED signature.

More importantly, the 2017 Avante/Elantra Sport benefits from a multi-link rear suspension, so it should prove to be more fun to drive. Its heart and soul is a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine developing 204 PS in the Avante Sport, so the Elantra U.S. Spec will have about 200-202 horsepower (almost 150 kilowatts). As far as torque is concerned, the Korean version has 27 kg-m, so in pound-feet that would be 195 lb-ft (265 Nm).

To please everyone, Hyundai will sell the car (at least at home) with a standard six-speed manual gearbox and an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. It won’t take down any Nürburgring records, but the Elantra/Avante Sport will be able to hit 62 mph (100 kph) in a fairly decent eight seconds.

Besides the bolder exterior and stronger hardware, the range-topping Elantra/Avante will have a slightly more exciting interior with faux carbon fiber accents, sporty seats, red accents, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. In its domestic market, the car will be available with an optional “Extreme Package” containing different 18-inch rims, a rear spoiler, along with some performance parts.

Since the American version will be showcased at SEMA in November, expect an online reveal to occur in October or even sooner.

Source: Hyundai South Korea via

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