Hyundai India has just launched the facelifted Elantra D-Segment sedan. The car takes on the Toyota Corolla Altis, Skoda Octavia and Honda Civic, and gets a big makeover at the front and rear. It also has a significant change in the engine department, in that it has dumped the diesel engine to go petrol-only, a key change. Prices of the new Elantra start from Rs. 15.89 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, which makes it cheaper than the Toyota Corolla Altis, Honda Civic and the Skoda Octavia. While the S trim is priced at Rs. 15.89 lakhs, the SX, SX AT and SX (O) AT trims are priced at Rs. 18.49 lakhs, Rs. 19.49 lakhs and Rs. 20.39 lakhs respectively. The sharp pricing should give the Elantra a solid chance of becoming the segment’s best seller at least for a few months as it’s also now the sharpest looking car in its class. Hyundai has launched the 2020 facelifted Elantra with the following video.
As the video reveals, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra gets a major facelift at the front, with sharper headlamps, a new grille, a swooping bonnet and a new bumper. The overall profile of the car remains similar to the pre-facelift version while the alloy wheels have been revised. At the rear, the tail lamps and bumper are new, and make the 2020 Elantra look quite distinct from the older model. Under the hood, the familiar 2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with 150 Bhp-196 Nm is retained, and is offered with 2 gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter. The petrol engine is Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant.
The older Elantra’s 1.6 liter turbo diesel engine is missing from the line up of the facelifted version, and this is understandable as the engine is not Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) compliant. In future though, Hyundai could introduce a 1.5 liter, BS6 compliant turbo diesel engine which is already on offer with the Kia Seltos. This engine will be offered on the 2020 Verna and the Creta, which makes it possible for Hyundai to introduce it in the Elantra if demand for such an option exists.
Coming to the key new features on offer with the 2020 Elantra Facelift, the car gets a bunch of first-in-segment features such as wireless phone charging, ventilated front seats, and connected car features through the BlueLink infotainment system that gets a dedicated on-board micro sim with internet connectivity. In fact, this makes the 2020 Elantra India’s first ‘internet connected sedan’, says Hyundai.
As for safety features, the 2020 Elantra comes with 6 airbags, Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with EBD Parking Assist Reverse Parking Sensors Front Parking Sensors, Rear Camera with Display on AVN, Electronic Stability Control(ESC), Vehicle Stability Management(VSM), Hill-start Assist Control(HAC), Emergency Stop Signal(ESS), Automatic Headlamps and Impact Sensing Auto door unlock system.
Commenting on the launch of The New 2019 ELANTRA, Mr. S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said,
The New 2019 ELANTRA is India’s First Connected and Hi-Tech Premium Sedan offering all-round excellence and great experience. The New 2019 ELANTRA is powered with BS VI petrol engine delivering Unmatched Performance. An epitome of finesse, The New 2019 Hyundai ELANTRA will create a new benchmark in the Indian Premium Sedan segment and once again supersede all customers’ expectations.