Hyundai Elantra Facelift which globally debuted on August 2018, is now going to launch in India after a long time. However, the luxury sedan is already available on sale in several global markets. Its emergence to India is expected by the end of September month this year.
In its facelift avatar, the Hyundai Elantra did not receive much even for the sharper styling and a slightly revised interior. However, the factor which will let you think twice is the Korean carmaker is going to introduce this updated Elantra only with petrol engine option. Yes, it’s true, no diesel engine variant is going to be provided from Hyundai anytime soon. But we can expect it in the coming future.
Under the hood, there will be only a petrol engine which would be a refined iteration of the existing 152hp, 2.0-litre unit to comply with the BS-6 emission norms. While the power transmission will be managed by the same 6-speed manual and torque converter auto transmissions of the outgoing model.
The reason why Hyundai dropped the idea of producing diesel engines is there less demand in the small volumes executive sedan segment. If the ratio of petrol-diesel engines is considered in this segment, the Hyundai Elantra sales registered at 214-90 units from April-July this year. While the other models like the Honda Civic recorded 1058-110 units, the Skoda Octavia: 580-253 units, and the Toyota Corolla Altis in the count of 402-80 units.
For its diesels, the Korean carmaker has already announced that it will introduce its BS-6 compliant diesels only when the BS-6 fuel would be available across the country. The diesel engine which powers the outgoing Elantra is a 1.6-litre, 128hp unit which also performs powering duties on the models like the Verna and the Creta. Sooner the company will discontinue this option to make a way for the Hyundai-Kia combines’ latest 1.5-litre diesel engine that has been provided in the recently launched Kia Seltos SUV. This engine unit will be the mainstay for Hyundai Motors and Kia in the diesel engine variants in India and will be provided in the two states of tune-90hp and 115hp.
The executive sedan segment is going through a very bad phase due to the inhabiting slowdown in the Indian automotive industry. But the carmaker can just hope for the best with its upcoming Hyundai Elantra Facelift which is likely to be tagged with the price sticker of INR 14-19 lakh (ex-showroom, Pan India).