Facelifted Hyundai Elantra / Avante Shows Bold New Design Ahead Of Next Month’s Unveiling

The facelifted Hyundai Elantra / Avante has been spied undisguised, ahead of its unveiling in South Korea next month.

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.


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  • Dennis Scipio

    That looks sharp and edgy, but it could turn some people off by it. With that said I think a new design language on a car generally looks better on a new or redesigned vehicle rather than on an existing one.

  • Jason Miller

    As a 2017 Sport owner, I’ll say this thing is hideous. The 2017-2018 Sport is one of the best looking cars they have designed in recent memory, and this just isn’t. What were they thinking?

    • Leconte Dave

      Someone was drunk i guess

  • Isaac Banaña

    What the f, who approved this design?

    • PK

      peter i think? lol

    • Perry F. Bruns

      A competitor.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I kind of like it, but those headlights will certainly be polarizing.

  • NissLover

    Way to kill a handsomely understated design! That looks horrible.

    • Mike anonymous

      it does not look “bad” (by comparison to other vehicles, and it will certainly standout), BUT I do agree. Compared to the current/(now)previous generation, I don’t think it holds up (from a design standpoint).

  • Leconte Dave

    What the F ?. They just needed to change the front like in the GT version

  • Marcos Drawer

    Origami Style. Wait for the next generation.

  • LJ

    Well, that looks like dog shit.

    • Raul

      like you. lol

  • eb110americana

    That’s it Hyundai! If you can’t play nice with the ruler, I’m taking it away!

    To be fair, I like the taillights, but that front end is a triangle (or twelve) too far.

  • Dude

    Well that was unexpected. I love the rear, but I’d like the front a bit more if the hood was one piece and not separated with that line above the grille.

  • Honda NSX-R
    • Bash

      Exactly. lol

  • no25

    Looks like something Toyota would do….

  • john1168

    I appreciate that they are trying to do something different but that is a VERY polarizing looking front end. A little too crazy with the angles…

  • So the Elantra has gone from one of the best looking cars in its class to one of the ugliest in one generation. Good job, Hyundai… Not.

  • Mr. EP9

    You had ONE job, Hyundai. How did you screw this up?

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  • Big Black Duck

    Not feeling this design direction at all


  • kachuks

    Looks like someone took a picture of the Elantra off a magazine page that was previously folded up.

  • Craig

    Once again… I stand alone! I like it. A LOT!

    • Big Black Duck


      • Bash


      • Craig

        Please have enough respect for that glorious automobile to spell it’s name correctly. All is forgiven. THIS TIME. But watch it Buster! It’s IMPERIAL! [Unless of course you meant to say LIMP-erial. Then that would mean WAR!]

  • Eric

    Looks like a 35 year old Peugeot, or somebody picked up a rejected design drawing that was crumpled up off the floor, flattened it out, and said “Done”.

  • Bananarama

    It just doesn’t work. The sheet metal is rounded and curvy. They tried slapping all these anime-style sharp lines and elements onto it and it’s a mess.

    The Hyundai grille continues its downward spiral away from a handsome hexagon towards an alien mask of distorted lines and irrational shapes.

  • Joe E

    The front end reminds me of those fold-up paper fortune tellers girls would make in elementary school

  • Navy Morroccan✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Ugly AF! Peter must not be ahead of the design team anymore.

  • cbATL

    WTF! Is this a design from circa 1996?

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    After seeing the Avalon… I don’t mind this.

  • Nordschleife

    As a man who likes divisive design I can’t say anything bad about it. It looks to be trying too hard to be different but hey, you’ll know exactly what it is.

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  • D83

    Previously people bashed 10th gen Civic for its “over-styled”. Now i wonder how about this??

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Manufacturers hate chineese because they stole its own design but look that. rear design completely stolen from new Opel insignia even headlamps and double led lights. What a shame

  • iea96

    They were doing so well, why are they suddenly going back to their weird 90’s cars with the styling?

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Well, now we know for sure. Hyundai is trying to set itself apart from the crowd with unusual styling. And it’s BAD. This was a nice-looking, well-selling car and now it looks positively awful. Time for Hyundai to start advertising for new stylists. And like they pretend to not notice rapidly falling sales! Get a grip, Hyundai!

  • TheHake

    Those triangle headlights look terrible.

  • Mr Hahn

    Not as nice as the 2016 last generation model.

  • Kaido Alex

    Is Hyundai trying to bring back the Mazda RX-8, since that car had triangles everywhere? Also, this vehicle’s facelifted way too soon. I hope Hyundai cancels this and destroy all pre-production units.

  • Andrew Ngo

    The front looks like Prius….

  • botornot387

    Peter Schreyer may have left Audi/VW, but he must love the Audi designs so much, he knocks them off on every new Hyundai. Headlights plucked from an A5 and taillights doing the same. This is a nicish design, but not one that moves this vehicle forward in any regard. The headlights are too angular and don’t fit the smaller proportions of this vehicle, and this class has some really good designs right now. Could have done much better. Also, Hyundai/Genesis need to decide which one will keep this grill design because both should not. If you want a real luxury player, give them a unique front end not featured on your budget cars.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I think this front facia is less sophisticated then the current/previous version. Looks like a Pokemon

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