Set to go on sale in the United States this fall, the facelifted model has been extensively updated as the car has been equipped with a new front fascia, triangular headlights and a revised grille. Designers also created a new hood and restyled front fenders.
The sides remain largely the same, but the rear end has a new bumper and an updated trunk with an integrated spoiler. Rounding out the changes are restyled wheels and new taillights which have a more dynamic appearance.
While most facelifts focus on the exterior, Hyundai has made a handful of updates in the cabin. The changes aren’t very noticeable, unless you know where to look, but the car has been equipped with a new instrument cluster and updated switchgear.
While the infotainment system looks familiar, it’s actually an all-new AVN 5.0 version which features a larger 8-inch display and a faster processor for improved responsiveness. The system also features improved menus and a bird’s eye view function for navigation.
Speaking of technology, the 2019 Elantra has an assortment of SmartSense safety systems. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Attention Alert. The model can also be equipped with additional systems such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Safe Exit Assist, Lane Change Assist and Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
Under the hood, three different engines will be available. The Elantra SE, SEL and Limited are all equipped with a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that produces 147 hp (109 kW / 149 PS). The Elantra Eco, on the other hand, has a turbocharged 1.4-liter with 128 hp (95 kW / 130 PS). The latter engine is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and allows the model to return an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg combined.
The third engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder which can be connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The engine will be offered exclusively in the Elantra Sport and Hyundai says that model will debut later this year with similar styling changes.