Hyundai unveils facelifted Elantra for India
Hyundai has released pictures of the facelifted version of it premium sedan, the Elantra. The updated car carries forward Hyundai's design language, but has a fresh edge to it, giving this Elantra a fresh appearance.For starters, the design of the new Elantra isn’t flowy and curvy like the previous generation fluidic design. The new LED headlights are a lot more angular and aggressive while tapering down and merging into the grille. There are neat triangular housings for the fog lights flanked by what looks to be an air vent that is nicely integrated into the grille. The hood gets a minor redesign to make it look more taut. The grille has been given a redesign too, falling more in line with recent designs from Hyundai like the Venue and the Grand i10 Nios. While the side profile remains largely unchanged , the rear of the car has undergone a fair few updates. The updated car has a more upright back-end with thicker taillights filled with angular details. It also gets a faux diffuser below the blacked out plastic section, which also incorporates the number plate housing to keep the sculpture clean. We expect the interior to get an update as well with more features added, however there is no official confirmation on what these will be quite yet.
The updated Elantra is expected to have the same engines as the outgoing version. It has a 2-litre petrol engine that makes 150bhp and 192Nm of torque as well as a 1.6-litre diesel that makes 126bhp and 260Nm of torque. The car is also expected to get the same gearbox configuration as the outgoing variant with a manual and an automatic available on both engines.
The car is set to be launched on October 3 with bookings open from now at Hyundai dealerships across the country.
The Elantra faces tough competition from the popular Skoda Octavia and the Honda Civic. This mid-life refresh should help boost sales of Hyundai's sedan.