2019 Hyundai Elantra facelift spotted testing in India again
The Hyundai Elantra facelift launched internationally last year and the carmaker has been prepping the sedan for an India launch. A camouflaged test mule was spotted recently again, leading us to think that a launch is likely in the next few months.
While the car seen here is heavily camouflaged, we have a decent idea of what it might look like, given that Hyundai is unlikely to make any major styling changes from the international-spec car. The car gets a fairly substantial styling upgrade for a mid-cycle refresh. The front end design is much more angular now. The sharp triangular LED headlamps and the new larger trapezoidal grille are the major changes. The front bumper and fog lamps have been updated, too, to reflect the new design theme.
In profile, there don't seem to be major changes other than a new alloy wheel design, the test mule seen here seems to be running smaller and higher profile tyres with more conservative styling. The rear again has had a lot of work done to it in the same angular theme. There is a new bootlid, new taillamps and a bumper that now incorporates the number plate housing. The taillamps look especially detailed with new LED detailing.
The interiors get a minor refresh with a new steering wheel, a new pattern for the gauges, chrome inserts for the aircon vents and a new layout for the climate control buttons. A new infotainment system and wireless phone charging round off the changes on the inside.
Significantly, the international-spec car gets a host of safety features with this new upgrade. These include a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning with active lane control and rear cross traffic alert.
Engine options have been carried over from the previous car. This means that the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol motor with 152PS/192Nm and the 1.6-litre diesel 128PS/260Nm continue as is. Transmission options are a six-speed manual and automatic.
Internationally, the Elantra is also available with a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol motor which put out 130PS and 204PS.
The new Elantra, with its more aggressive look will have the recently launched Honda Civic in its sights, as well as established rivals like the Toyota Corolla and Skoda Octavia.
Image source: IndianAutosBlog
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