Hyundai Motor launches the sport version of its new Avante as part of efforts to strengthen its best-selling compact sedan product lineup. The new Avante Sport, powered by a 1.6-liter T-GDi four-cylinder engine, produces 201 horsepower. Besides its seven-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission, the variant also looks sportier. Prices start from 21 million won ($18,412). (Hyundai Motor)
Although we only have two low-resolution images to go by, we can see that Hyundai have made a few subtle visual tweaks to signal the Sport model’s extra performance. It features lower side sills, larger openings in the front bumper, and we’re also told that a redesigned rear bumper has a new rear diffuser design with dual exhaust tips. On the inside, the front seats will receive larger bolsters and there’ll also be a unique flat-bottom steering wheel. You can also expect lashing of carbon fibre-esque trim inside for a more sporty look.
Like many Japanese cars, this Korean sports model is defined by its features. They are the focus of this commercial, which shows a ginger boy growing up into a young adult while keeping his passion for cars. There’s a shot where they draw attention to the standard 18-inch wheels and another where the two-tone interior is the highlight. All the while, the Avante Sport is being portrayed as an enjoyable experience.
Long story short, the Sonata Sport has a little brother now. It will go on sale as a 2017 model year and is at least three months away from US showrooms.