Looking far more radical than its predecessor, the updated model has been equipped with an all-new front fascia which eschews the gentle curves of the current model. The subtle styling cues are replaced by hard, angular lines and triangular shapes.
The triangular styling can also been seen in the car’s new headlights which now extend into the grille. The latter has also been redesigned as it features a revised shape as well as slender horizontal bars.
The sides remain largely the same, but the Elantra has been equipped with new taillights that have a more dynamic appearance. The rear bumper is also new and it includes a recessed area for the relocated license plate.
While the pictures don’t give us a glimpse of the interior, Almuraba.net reports the car will have a new infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. We can also expect a handful of other updates including additional driver assistance systems.
Additional information is limited but the Elantra may come equipped with the 1.6-liter Smart Stream G engine that is offered in the Korean market Kia Forte / K3. It produces 123 PS (90 kW / 121 hp) and can be paired to the company’s Intelligent Variable Transmission.
Spy photographers have also caught what they believe is an electric or plug-in hybrid variant undergoing testing. Little is known about that particular model but it likely uses the same powertrain as the Ioniq which is offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric guise.