2019 Hyundai Elantra facelift comes with an array of cosmetic updates and a refreshed interior; powertrain options could remain the same
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra facelift is expected to be launched in India in the middle or third quarter of this year as part of a number of new launches planned by the brand. It will have to face a new rival upon arrival as the Honda Civic is making a comeback in February after Years of absence.
The popular nameplate from Honda will likely turn up the heat in the D-segment for sedans and we predict a healthy competition between the two models. Back to the Elantra, it is important to note that Hyundai has considered the mid-life update seriously going by the evolutionary changes to the exterior.
The Elantra is already a top-class sedan in terms of elegance and the changes made to the facelift will further enhance its appeal. It will come with restyled triangular-shaped headlights, revised front and rear bumpers, new fog lamp housing, sleeker Cascading grille, redesigned bonnet and so on.
Additionally, the newly designed boot, aggressive set of alloy wheels and the sportier LED tail lamps with new graphics elevate the styling quotient. The South Korean auto major has made noticeable changes to the interior, as seen in the global model, and it receives a refreshed cabin with the inclusion of new equipment.
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra facelift gets an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity while the processor has been upgraded for more intuitive feel. The multi-functional steering wheel is also redesigned and the instrument console, as well as switchgear, have witnessed updates.
We do not know yet whether Hyundai will spice up the driver assistance and safety package on the facelifted Elantra or not but expect new technologies to be featured as the sedan continues to evolve in India. No mechanical changes are likely on the cards, as the current 1.6-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol engines will be carried over.