Hyundai Elantra GT – 2016-Present
Hyundai Elantra GT History
Hyundai Elantra GT debuted in 2001 alongside the Elantra sedan, which was already in its third generation. The Elantra GT was a hatchback in a world where hatchbacks were declining in popularity. The good news was that it stood out in the crowd because it was somewhat unique; the bad news, there wasn’t enough interest to keep the hatchback on dealership lots. Production of the Elantra GT ended in 2006 as Hyundai introduced a fourth generations Elantra sedan.
Hatchback popularity began to rise again shortly after the GT was discontinued. Hyundai decided to bring back the Elantra five-door along with the introduction of the fifth generation Elantra sedan in 2011. The GT has already received a minor redesign for 2016, even before the more popular sedan version. It has also outlasted the two-door Elantra coupe, which was discontinued in the U.S. after 2014 model year. However, the coupe is still available in Canada. While the coupe is in limbo it appears that the GT has found a comfortable place in Hyundai’s line up, for now.