The 2019 Hyundai Elantra facelift will make its debut soon, after Korean website Naver published never-before-seen photographs of the popular sedan. Few photos of the Elantra, known as Hyundai Avante in its home market in South Korea, were also leaked last week on various portals and social media.
However now the latest set of completely undisguised photos reveal a huge difference in styling compared to the outgoing model, and it can almost be mistaken as the next-generation model.
The updated Elantra has a completely revised front fascia, starting with the cartoonish triangular headlights with twin LED projectors and LED DRL surrounds. Entry-level variants appear to get halogen projector headlights with triple LED DRLs, and the lens now ‘penetrate’ into the new cascading grille. The grille features a sharp dip that leads to the lower lip. Even the fog lights come in the form of triangles, next to which are air curtains.
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At the back, the tail lights have been redesigned with slimmer dual-LED bar units, making the sedan appear somewhat wider in the process. It also has a sharper boot lid design now, and the Elantra/ Avante lettering is spaced out below the badge, reminiscent of the new Sonata facelift. The license plate holder has been shifted from boot lid to the bumper.
Inside, Hyundai is expected to make minor tweaks, and it’s reported to get wireless charging with several added features. Engine-wise, it will likely get the same range of offerings, which include the naturally-aspirated 2.0 liter MPi and 1.6 liter four-cylinder turbocharged GDI petrol lumps. Also rumored to make its debut is a mild-hybrid variant with the same 48 V electrical system that debuted on the Tucson facelift. The Hyundai Elantra facelift will first go on sale in the South Korean market by August 2018.
Hyundai, partnered with Nishat group is in process of setting up an automobile assembly plant in Faisalabad. According to the company’s production plans, it will introduce the Elantra sedan in Pakistan by 2020.