The 2019 Hyundai Elantra broke cover a few weeks ago. The vehicle, needless to say, doesn’t look like a nip and tuck job but all new. However, this is just the facelift of the version that came out in 2015. Hyundai will be launching the car first in the Korean market and thereon in other parts of the world. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra goes up against the upcoming Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis and the Skoda Octavia in India. It is expected to be launched sometime next year in the Indian market. Here are the five things you need to know about this car.
This is perhaps the most fresh take on the Fluidic Design sculpture 2.0. The new Elantra has a much wider grille than before, with minimal use of chrome. It has got sleeker headlights which have a boomerang-shaped DRL to it. These headlights are now LED projectors and look very good. Hopefully they will provide better illumination as well. The triangular fog lights as well as bumpers too are new. To the side you see the new machined 18-inch alloys and the light extensions at the back. Speaking of which, the tail lights are all-LED and also have a thunderbolt styling to them. The integrated spoiler makes it seem like the much more sophisticated Volvo S90.
Completely revised interior
If you though that Hyundai will perhaps limit itself with the exterior job, then you are wrong. The Korean carmaker has also thoroughly revised the interior. The upholstery, steering wheel, Qi wireless charging, 8,0-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration are all new. The cooled front seats continue while the dual zone air conditioning panel is new as well. The instrument cluster has a new back light and graphics. A compass too is integrated.
Whole new safety features
Hyundai is going the European way by offering a whole lot of new safety features. These include lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and forward collision avoidance. Hyundai has also got the safe exit assist feature that tells the passengers if a vehicle is approaching and if its good to leave the car now. The best part is that most of these features will be standard. This is apart from the six airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control and ESP.
Fuel efficient engines
Hyundai is using the tried and tested engines of the outgoing car for the facelifted Elantra. This makes sense as these engines are known to be reliable. For the other markets, Hyundai has got a turbo petrol engine whereas for our market, the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated 151PS petrol will be available. Of course, there will also be the 128PS 1.6-litre turbodiesel for India. All these engines can be optioned with either a 6-speed manual or an automatic. Hyundai is unlikely to bring in the excellent 7-speed DCT. Reports say that the company has manged to increase the fuel efficiency by a fair margin for both India-bound engines. There is also a rumour that a mild hybrid, much like in the new Ciaz, could make its way here.
Will be more expensive
The Hyundai Elantra at the moment isn’t as expensive to own when you compare it with the new Verna. However, things may change once the facelifted version comes out here. Prices of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra will start overlapping with that of the Tucson. Since this is still a segment where manufacturers are yet to find comfortable traction, we believe Hyundai will price the car competitively.