The 2019 Hyundai Elantra facelift should hit the Indian market around this year’s festive seasons to rival new Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Altis
Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) will launch the new 2019 Hyundai Elantra during this year’s festive season to take on the likes of new Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Altis. The facelift for the latest generation Elantra should look exactly like the recently introduced international version, which should help it offer stiff competition to the futuristic-looking tenth-gen Honda Civic.
As we have already seen on the international version, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra is much more than just a nip-and-tuck job. With the introduction of the facelift, Hyundai has injected a huge dose of newness to its successful mid-size sedan. Plus, not only does it look more modern but also has a more feature-filled cabin. These traits should push the Indian audience to perceive the revised Elantra as an all-new car.
It will also help the 2019 Hyundai Elantra offer stiff competition to the new Honda Civic, which goes on sale next month. Things are bound to get even hotter once the new-gen Toyota Corolla Altis joins the brigade. With such modern rivals in the segment, the Skoda Octavia should be really worried. The fact that it is already in the last leg of its lifecycle speak volumes of its age.
The highly updated 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets a revised front-end that carries a set of sharper headlamps, a bolder version of the Cascading front grille and a new bumper. Moreover, the car also gets a new bonnet, a revised rear bumper and snazzy new tail lights. The boot lid is also completely new, and the wheels have been changed to a new set with a fresher design.
The interior of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra also sees various upgrades. The infotainment system has been revised, and the 8.0-inch touch-sensitive unit is now compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with a new processing unit while the steering wheel-mounted controls are now more ergonomic. The instrument console has also been updated.
Internationally, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra is on sale with an array of safety and driver-assistance features. While most of the latter are unlikely to make it to the Indian market, we should get the higher safety equipment. The Indian-spec model won’t see a significant change in the specs and should continue to offer 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel motors.