Hyundai Elantra facelift launch is all set to take place around the festive season, but the car is likely to miss out on a diesel engine option
Hyundai plans to launch the Elantra facelift in the coming weeks. The company has been rigorously testing the upcoming model and doesn't seem to be in a mood to give up on the D1-segment. Launched in the international market over a year ago, the updated Elantra will head towards the Indian shore around the coming festive season.
Hyundai Elantra facelift is expected to launch this year with an expected price of 14 to 18 Lacs INR.
The big news about the car is that it will do without a diesel engine option in India. Ditching a diesel engine from the lineup shouldn't be surprising as the sales volumes of the D-segment sedans largely comprise of their petrol-powered variants. To give a brief, Hyundai sold 240 units of petrol variants and only 90 units of diesel variants of the existing Elantra last month. The story is the same as every other car in this segment has witnessed higher demand for the petrol version. Even the recently launched Honda Civic has so far registered a sale of 1058 units of petrol and 110 units of diesel models.
The manufacturer could launch a diesel engine in the later stage with BS-6 emission compliance, but as of now, it will only launch the car with a petrol engine. As for now, the Elantra is offered with the same 1.6L diesel engine that does duty on the Verna and the Creta and it is due for a BS-6 update.
For now, Hyundai will continue using the 150HP 2.0L petrol engine that is also seen on the current model. It is available with the options of a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter automatic unit. Hyundai plans to use the Kia Seltos’s 1.5L turbocharged diesel unit in future and the same motor could make it to the Elantra. Other than the Elantra, the same engine will be even used in the Verna and Creta,.
The Elantra is one modern-looking sedan and with the facelift, the lines are going to be sharper than ever before. Triangular LED headlamps, big-wide cascading grille, LED fog lamps and new alloys wheels with new lines and creases on the sheet metal, Elantra will take the design a step further with the introduction of the mid-cycle update. Also, on the inside, the car will get a revised dashboard with better finish and more features. With all this, the Elantra facelift does sound like a potent upgrade over the current generation of the car and might take the competition from the hands of the current contenders in this segment.