Hyundai is planning to launch the Elantra facelift to boost the declining sales of its d-segment contender by next month, after 4 successful launches in this year.
Hyundai has somehow got the recipe to deliver what Indian customers exactly want, and to keep the sales graph northwards, the manufacturer has already launched 4 new products in the market this year. But this does not stop the show that Hyundai has planned for, as the Korean manufacturer is ready to launch the Elantra facelift in the country next month. The Elantra got its mid-life update globally in October 2018, but it was not launched in India and with this refresh, it will see scads of styling changes and additional features.
Hyundai is planning to launch the Elantra facelift next month, with major changes to its exteriors.
This time, the Elantra will come with a distinct façade, with the brand’s signature cascading grille that is seen doing duties on the other updated Hyundai models. The front fascia of the car will be seen with a new design for headlamps that impinges into the grille. The bonnet and the bumper will be remodled with tighter creases and straight lines, while the projector fog lamps seen on the outgoing car will make way for triangular LED units. The side profile, however, remains largely unchanged, except for a new design for the alloy wheels, expected to come in R16 and R17 sizes. At the rear, the car will now get a new boot lid, which will carry the Elantra moniker in the same way as seen on the Venue and the Nios. The new tail lamps will be full-LED units and extend into the boot lid. The rear bumper will also be reprofiled and will accommodate the rear reflectors and reversing lights.
The Elantra will receive refreshed interiors, with major changes on the equipment. The car will now come equipped with a new 8.0-inch touchscreen music system with connected car features like the Venue and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. While, the ongoing Elantra is already a well-spec car with features like ventilated seats, leather upholstery, auto headlamps and wipers, and multi-zone climate control, the upcoming car might have some more added to the list. Talking about the safety aids, the car will now come 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, TPMS and more.
The new Elantra will surely differ itself from the car it will replace, but the new car will share the powerplants from the current generation of the Elantra. Doing duties on the outgoing car is a set of petrol and diesel engines, from which the petrol will make its way to the coming car in BS-VI state of tune, while the latter will remained unchanged until the compliance come into effect by the April 2020. The power figures for the engines are also expected to be unchanged at 152bhp for the 2.0L naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol motor and 128bhp for the 1.6L diesel motor, which can be had with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
On side though, the only visible change will be the new design for the alloy wheels.
The price for Elantra now ranges from INR 13.82-18.92 lacs for petrol and INR 15.13-20.05 lacs for diesel and a slight hike in the prices can be expected once the facelifted Elantra is launched. With this price bracket, the new Elantra will rival against the Honda Civic, Skoda Octavia, and Toyota Corolla Altis.