2019 Hyundai Elantra has been showcased with a mid-cycle refresh, and a new look. What’s surprising is gathered media were readying for a Santa Fe first drive, and were in for a surprise – global reveal of refreshed 2019 Elantra. Yes. Even the media present at the venue had no idea that there was a global reveal of the all new Hyundai Elantra.
In markets where Hyundai Elantra has fared well, it’s proven to be an important car. Introduced in its newest avatar two years ago, Elantra is the best-selling car in Korea and 7th best selling sedan in US at present.
2019 Hyundai Elantra in its new design is a much sportier looking car, and features a host of safety systems. The front fascia lends to its sporty outlook with a new grille. The triangular LED daytime running lights are new.
Matching it toe to toe are the redesigned hood, trunk, bumpers, and taillights. Wheel choices begin at 16-inches. Top end variants will have the choice of 17 or 18-inch wheels.
Nothing has changed under the hood. Engine and transmission choices continue to range from three 4-cyl motors offering between 128 hp to 201 hp mated to a 6-speed manual/6-speed automatic/7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
A new 8.0-inch high-res infotainment touchscreen features and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s on offer as an option on Limited and Sport variants. Other variants are fitted with the previously used 7.0-inch Hyundai unit.
With the exception of the Elantra SE base variant, all new 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedans are high on safety features with blind-spot monitors, lane departure warning with active lane control, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, among other features. Hyundai is certain that upward of 75 percent of new Elantras sold will feature life-saving safety tech.
Hyundai Elantra has been having a decent run in India. Expect the new Hyundai Elantra to be launched in India by Diwali next year. Once launched, it will be a perfect rival to Toyota Corolla.