2019 Hyundai Elantra facelift will likely go on sale in the middle of next year and testing has already begun ahead of launch
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has already been spied testing the facelifted Elantra in India and is expected to arrive at the domestic scenes sooner than what we anticipated. With the debut more likely around the middle part of next year, it has strong reasons to make a huge impact in the segment that has largely not flourished in recent times.
Ahead of its entry though, Hyundai will have to deal with the revival of Civic nameplate, as the popular Honda sedan is waiting to be launched in early 2019 (around January or February). It will make the proceedings interesting in the segment and Toyota could bring in the new generation Corolla Altis as well during the course of next year or in 2020.
In Hyundai’s case, the updated Elantra is not just a mere mid-cycle refreshment but a substantial product that would stretch the lifespan of the sedan further. There’s no denying that Hyundai offers some of the best-looking cars within in the budget space and the premium Elantra is no different – with the new version taking it a step further up.
The thoroughly revised 2019 Elantra comes with peculiar triangular shaped headlamps, sharper Cascading front grille, restyled bonnet, sportier front and rear bumpers with new fog lamps adding a definitive character. The trunk design is brand new while the tail lamps are reworked with a stylish LED graphic pattern. The new set of wheels and boot-tip spoiler tag a sense of dynamism to the new Elantra.
Hyundai engineers have made sure the upgraded interior does play a key part in the upcoming Elantra’s appeal. Therefore, it has gained an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system enabling Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with new processor, the steering wheel with mounted controls is redesigned as well accompanying the new-for-2019 instrument cluster and switchgear.
In international markets, the Elantra facelift is sold with a suite of safety and driver assistance technologies. It is unlikely to get a big upgrade mechanical wise though as the existing 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel could be carried over with BSVI compliance. Except for no huge price difference over the outgoing model despite the array of exterior and interior changes.