Hyundai South Korea launched the Hyundai Elantra facelift (locally known as the Hyundai Avante) today. The Elantra facelift will gradually begin to penetrate international markets and should reach India next year.
Like with most recent Hyundai facelifts, the car's dimensions have been increased due to the redesigned bodywork. The new bumpers have increased the car's length by 20mm, extending the overall length to 4.55m.
The facelift sees revisions to the foglights which feature tiny wings extending into the bumper, headlamps featuring LED clusters, and new 'diamond cut' 17-inch alloy wheels.
The rear of the new Elantra is defined by a black two-tone rear bumper, LED rear combination lamps, and an exposed single exhaust outlet shaped trapezoidal and tipped in chrome.
The refreshed Elantra features new air vents for rear seat passengers, a 3.5-inch display on the dashboard, 'flex steer' technology (driver chooses between Comfort, Sport and Normal modes) and an advanced parking assistant (Advanced SPAS) that uses ultrasonic sensors to park the automatically in parallel or series layout.
Hyundai claims it has made improvements to the sound insulation. Specifically, road noise and engine noise are claimed to have reduced. The glovebox compartment is redesigned and can chill beverage cans. The sunglass holder is also believed to have been redesigned for better convenience.
Korea becomes the world's second market (the first one being India) to sell an Elantra diesel. The same 1.6-liter diesel engine armed with an Idle Stop & Go system producing 126 hp and 285 Nm of torque fills up the Avante's engine bay. It returns a mileage of 16.2 kmpl in the Korean driving cycle. The existing 1.6-liter gasoline engine's mileage has improved by 0.1kmpl to 14kmpl on the facelift.
The Elantra facelift is priced between 15,450,000 Won (8.44 lakh rupees) to 20,900,000 Won (11.43 lakh rupees) in Korea.