The Hyundai Elantra is one of the nicest looking cars around in a segment that has the Skoda Octavia and the Toyota Corolla. Hyundai isn’t content resting on its laurels and the car that you see on the roads debuted barely two years ago. There, however, is a facelifted version of the Elantra which is undergoing tests and will be launched in India soon. The car was spotted testing in Korea, Hyundai’s hometown.
The changes to the facelifted 2019 Hyundai Elantra are visible. The grille has become larger and we can see glimpses of Hyundai’s future design language in the Elantra. The headlights too are elongated and have bigger LED DRLs. There are also guide light elements in the headlight cluster. Hyundai has fixed new bumpers on to the Elantra and the fog lights have been done in a triangular shape as well. We expect Hyundai to have a new design for the alloys as part of this mid-life update. The tail lights though have been revised and now look more European in design. The rear number plate holder is also bigger now.
Inside the cabin, there will be a few changes. These will include an IPS display for the 7.0-inch music system, better sound tuning for the music system, wireless charging pad for mobile phones, H-band for effortless locking and unlocking of the car, powered front passenger seat and new upholstery. Hyundai is expected to give the Elantra with an even more supple ride quality and at the same time also provide for decent handling dynamics.
The 2.0-litre 152PS/192Nm naturally aspirated petrol as well as the 128PS/260Nm 1.6-litre diesel mills will be tweaked to further improve the efficiency numbers. Hyundai could also introduce a smart hybrid system, similar to what Suzuki offers, to further enhance the mileage.
Expect the facelifted Hyundai Elantra to be launched in India next year, with a slight price increase. The launch will also coincide with that of the new Honda Civic which will also feature a new diesel engine.