Hyundai sold 50 units of Elantra in December and posted negative growth of 56 per cent however the facelift model will be introduced later this year
Hyundai Elantra sales dropped by 56 per cent in December 2018 as the company has managed to sell just 50 units. When compared to November 2018, the D-segment sedan registered 36 per growth and the current leader in the segment is Skoda Octavia with 195 unit sales in December 2018 which is closely followed by the Toyota Corolla Altis with 182 units.
The competition is going to heat up in coming months as Honda is also planning to launch the new generation of Civic in India soon. Hyundai officially revealed the Elantra facelift model last year and the company will introduce the updated model later this year in India, so we can expect the sales to improve after the launch of the new model.
One of the reasons for low volume in the segment is that because customers prefer SUVs, which are priced in the same price range with almost similar features of D-segment sedans. But the launch of new models could bring back customers attention to the sedan segment. Hyundai has given lots of changes for the Elantra facelift model.
The front and rear are completely new as the company has given new sharper looking headlamps and the signature grille of Hyundai is bigger. The sedan gets a new bumper with redesigned fog lamps and air-curtains to reduce drag. The facelift model also comes with LED headlamps instead of the projector setup of the earlier model.
The only change on the side is the introduction of new alloy wheels. The rear gets new L-shaped LED tail lamps along with a new bumper and integrated reflectors on either end. The boot has been completely redesigned and we can expect the company to introduce some new colour options with the updated model.
The interior doesn’t get major changes as the company has given new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel along with new instrument cluster and updated infotainment system. The facelift model also comes with advanced safety features like a blind spot warning, lane keeping assist and more. We can expect the Elantra to retain the same 2.0 L petrol and 1.6 L diesel engine with manual and auto gearbox options.