All new Hyundai Elantra facelift is ready for India launch. Bookings are open at all dealers across India. Major visible change on the model will be on the exteriors. It will get Hyundai’s new ‘cascading grille’ in the front and will also have updated headlamps, reshaped LED DRLs, beefed up bonnet and new alloys.
As expected with a facelift, the silhouette remains similar to the model which is currently on sale, however the rear too gets a redesigned bumper, helping it to look distinctive than the current model.
In addition to the new look, Hyundai Elantra will also get BlueLink internet connected features, like we have seen in the Hyundai Venue. Elantra will be loaded with 34 Hyundai Blue Link features. Of the 34 features, 10 are exclusively made for India.
Mr. Seon Seob Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Limited said, “Hyundai is a Young, Dynamic and Technology Driven Brand committed to provide Happy Life to its customers. The seamless connectivity especially on the move is an essential part of creating Quality Time and Ease of Space. I am Happy to share that the new 2019 ELANTRA will be India’s First Smart Connected Premium Executive Sedan equipped with the Hyundai Global Blue Link Technology with the most practical, concrete and convenient features for India.”
On the inside, customers will get refreshed interiors on the facelifted Elantra. Upper-end trims will get multi-zone climate control, TPMS, leather upholstery, ventilated seats and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment along with a reverse camera as standard. Elantra’s safety pack will not be getting an update but will have features like ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, six airbags etc.
Other major update will be under the hood. The 4 cylinder 2 litre petrol engine will now be upgraded and will be complying to BS VI emission norms. The motor produces a healthy 152 hp and 192 Nm of max torque. However, the same isn’t expected in the diesel motor. On 3rd Oct, only petrol BS6 engine option will be on offer.
The diesel motor will mostly get updated to BS6 norms only closer to the April 2020 deadline, as the company wouldn’t want the Elantra to have an unfair price disadvantage (due to high cost of BS6 diesel motors). On the transmission front, both the 6-speed manual and gearbox options are expected to continue.
Post launch, the Elantra will continue to take on competition which comes in the form of Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis and Skoda Octavia. The segment hasn’t seen a great performance in the last few years, majorly because of change in consumer preferences towards under-20 lakh SUVs. Pricing of the 2019 Elantra is expected to remain competitive, potentially between the INR 14-18 lakh range.