It has by now become well known that the Korean carmaker giant Hyundai is close to unveiling the Elantra/Avante facelift. We have also come to know that the Hyundai Elantra facelift 2014 will be launched in South Korean car market on August 24 and we expect the car to be here by the end of this year. We have already seen many spy shots of the upcoming Elantra facelift and we have a fair idea of what the car would look like.
Now, Hyundai has released a teaser image of the upcoming model. We are still busy trying to translate Korean but from what we have managed to understand, the Elantra facelift will come with a revised front fascia that will consist of a new front bumper, new foglamps and re-profiled headlamps. The updated car will also come with a new set of alloy wheels and a new design motif for the taillamps. The interiors too are likely to get minor updates, with some more hi-tech displays and gizmos.
We have always felt that the latest gen Elantra is one of the best looking sedans to have ever come from Hyundai and the car has got plenty of rave reviews for its design. The Elantra, which is also sold as the Avante in many markets, has been a bestseller, both in US and Indian markets. We feel that the facelift should be a step in right direction to preserve the freshness of the car.
The Elantra, which battles it out against the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Chevrolet Cruze in Indian market, is the highest selling car in its segment. Powering the petrol variant of the India-spec car is a 1.8 liter, four cylinder, normally aspirated engine that benefits from variable valve technology. The engine has a max power output of 148 Bhp and a peak torque figure of 181 Nm. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.6 Liter common rail turbo diesel engine that has a max power output of 126 Bhp and a peak torque figure of 265 Nm. Both the engines can be ordered either with a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic gearbox. Safely expect these motors to be carried over to the facelift. We have also learnt that the Elantra facelift might be launched in its home market with a new diesel engine. Details about this engine aren’t yet known but safely expect us to update you on this as soon as we manage to dig out some info.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on the upcoming 2013 Hyundai Elantra facelift.