Hyundai Shows Off More Powerful 2014 Elantra Sport at Los Angeles Auto Show

Recently, Hyundai introduced a refreshed Elantra compact sedan for 2014. At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the South Korean automaker showed off its new Sport performance trim version that features the more powerful 2.0-liter "Nu" 4-cylinder  gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine that produces 173 horsepower and 154 lb.-ft. of toque. The 2014 Elantra Sport, along with the coupe and GT hatchback models, will reach dealer showrooms in December.

All trim levels of the 2014 Elantra feature a new front and rear fascia, along with upgraded interiors. Also, the 2014 Elantra lineup includes new technologies, such as next-generation navigation and audio systems with fewer and simpler user interfaces and enhanced voice-recognition commands. A 4.3-inch color touch screen with rearview camera is also now available on the entry level SE trim level; it is standard on the Elantra Sport and Limited trim levels. The Limited also has Hyundai's connectivity package, which includes safety, service, and infotainment telematics. The GT has also received updates.

New headlamp and taillight treatments are added to the Sport and Limited trim levels. Both are also equipped with redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels, and the Elantra Sport includes an exposed chrome exhaust and rear spoiler, aluminum pedals, stiffer dampers and rear springs, and a larger front stabilizer bar. Sport-tuned steering and suspension provides extra tight handling in the new Elantra Sport, according to Hyundai.

The Elantra Sport with the new 2.0-liter engine mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, according to Hyundai. The remaining trim levels with the standard 1.8-liter Nu engine, which produces 148 horsepower and 131 lb.-ft. of torque, is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, according to Hyundai.

A new beige interior color choice is available for the 2014 Elantra lineup. Thicker carpet and sound-deadening components have also been added to reduce noise and vibration inside the car.

New safety systems on the 2014 Hyundai Elantra include hill-start assist, a driver's blind-spot mirror, and standard Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Car on the Limited trim level.

The Elantra, which is the top seller in Hyundai's lineup, already has outpaced its 2012 calendar-year sales. Through October, Elantra deliveries were 209,469 units, up from 167,087 units. In 2012, 202,034 Elantras were sold in the U.S. market, according to manufacturer-reported sales data tracked by J.D. Power and strategic partner LMC Automotive.

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