The current generation of Hyundai Elantra is available on sale in India since August 2016. While its ace competitors like Honda and Skoda in the executive sedan segment had launched the new-gen Honda Civic and the Skoda Octavia facelift, which somewhere has dimmed the light of ongoing Elantra in the crowd. Therefore, to shine Elantra once again in the automotive industry, Hyundai Motors came up with the plan of launching a mid-cycle facelift of the model, which has been implemented in the form of refreshed Elantra. Its pricing starts at INR 15.89 lakhs and it is available to choose from three variants namely S, SX and SX(O).
The aspect which will engage your focus on the Elantra facelift is its powertrain. As the company has discontinued its 1.6-litre diesel engine trim with a maximum power generation of 128hp. Now it will only be available with a single 2.0-litre petrol engine with 152hp/192Nm of power figures. However, the gearbox transmission in combination will be either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter automatic shared from the outgoing Hyundai Elantra model. In addition to this, the powertrain has now been updated to comply with the upcoming BS-6 emission norms. Though no reduction in the fuel efficiency is noticed as for both, the petrol-manual and petrol-automatic, the ARAI claimed mileage accounts at 14.6kpl.
The most notable of the changes appear on its exterior front. Since, the updated Elantra receives the brand’s signature ‘cascading grille’, which makes it a proud member of the new Hyundai family. Not even this, the signature grille is flanked by reworked headlamps with LED DRLs. The bonnet now is a muscular unit with appropriate cuts and creases. There are triangular fog lamps and a new set of alloy wheels to complete fascia of the refreshed sedan. While moving ahead to the rear of the sedan, it gets a re-profiled bumper and newly developed tail-lights which approaches to the boot-lid. The new Elantra is available in five colours to choose from, which are red, white, silver, black and blue.
Inside the cabin, the new Elantra gets additional features such as brand’s patented new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (Compatible to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, wireless charging and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The new to Hyundai’s family, connectivity suite - BlueLink - which was initially offered with the Venue compact SUV, is also the part of brand exotic features. While the features such as leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, cooled front seats, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, an electric sunroof, hands-free tailgate opening, cruise control and front parking sensor, will continue to be provided with the top-end variants. On the other hand, the standard safety features list consists of six airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control and hill-start assist.
The new Hyundai Elantra facelift is being offered with a 3-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty pack as standard which includes other benefits like roadside assistance and free maintenance up to three years or 30,000km. Also, the customers will be rewarded with a 3-year Hyundai BlueLink subscription. Priced at INR 15.89 lakh, the refreshed Elantra is about INR 1.5-2 lakh costlier above the outgoing model (depending on the variant). However, it is sensibly priced to take mettle with petrol-powered rivals in the executive sedan segments like the Skoda Octavia, Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla Altis.