The 2014 Hyundai Elantra facelift 2014 will be launched in South Korea on August 24 and today, what we have here are first official images of the refreshed sedan. The Elantra facelift is expected to come to us in early 2014.
The Elantra facelift gets a (slightly) revised front fascia that will sport a new front and rear bumpers, bigger foglamps and re-profiled headlamps that get DRLs. The updated car also gets a set of new alloy wheels and an updated design motif for the taillamps. The 2014 Elantra is 20 mm longer than the pre facelift model. To give it a more stable design, Hyundai has bestowed the car with longer bumpers. (The front bumper is 5 mm longer and the rear bumper is 15 mm longer.)
The interiors of the Elantra facelift come with subtle enhancements based on customer feedback. The center air vent position has been moved upward and the front center armrest position has also been raised. New features include ventilated seats, a 3.5-inch OLED display, start-dtop button and rear seat air vents.
We have always appreciated the styling of the latest Elantra and feel that it is one of the best looking sedans to have ever come from Korean auto giant. The Elantra has been a bestseller, both in US and Indian car market and we reckon that the facelift is a step in right direction to preserve the freshness of the car. The Elantra, which is a Toyota Corolla Altis and the Chevrolet Cruze adversary, comes to us with both petrol and diesel engine options.
Powering the petrol variant of the Elantra in India is a 1.8 liter, four cylinder, normally aspirated engine that boasts of variable valve technology. The Elantra’s petrol engine has a max power of 148 Bhp and enjoys a peak torque of 181 Nm. The diesel variant is powered by the same 1.6 Liter common rail turbo diesel engine that does duty on the Verna, This engine has a max power output of 126 Bhp and a peak torque of 265 Nm.
We expect these motors to be carried over to the facelift, albeit with minor changes, when the refreshed car comes to us.