Hyundai has revealed a facelifted Elantra sedan, which features a radical new look, new safety technology and enhanced features. While the model pictured here is American-spec, we expect the new Elantra to make its way to South Africa in 2019.
The popular Hyundai Elantra compact sedan has been facelifted for 2019 and boasts a raft of new features, with a particular focus on safety and convenience. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), "it has been shown that Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) have resulted in a 50% reduction in rear-end collisions". This tech makes its debut in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra along with Lane Keep Assist.
Safety aside, there are other changes. There's a new front-end replete with redesigned headlights, new alloy wheel designs and a new-look rear fascia. The interior features a new-look centre cluster and some trim tweaks to the trim. High-end derivatives will come standard with niceties such as a wireless charging pad and an upgraded infotainment system, which comes with a faster processor and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, as well as HD traffic satellite navigation.
The key changes to the 2019 Elantra are on the outside, but the cabin has received a nip and tuck too
"Refinements to both the interior and exterior were initiated on the 2019 Elantra to maintain its emotional design character and include affordable and desired features," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai. "The hood, front fenders, fascia, grille and headlights as well as the rear fascia, trunk and taillights each have been redesigned to convey a catchy and confident image. On the rear of the vehicle, the license plate has been relocated to the lower fascia to further enhance the new body sculpture."
Engines for the US model range include the 110 kW Nu 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson Cycle engine and a Kappa 1.4-litre Turbo-GDI with 95 kW. There's no word on the 1.6-litre GDI motor, which we get in the current Hyundai Elantra. We'll confirm when the updated Elantra will be available in South Africa in due course. Stay tuned for details.