While the 2019 Elantra facelift continues to borrow its design cues from Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, it has received a fair share of changes when compared to the outgoing model. So, here's a look at the top five highlights of the new iteration.
BS-VI upgrade without a diesel option
A crucial change in the 2019 Elantra's powertrain line-up is the discontinuation of the erstwhile U2 1.6-litre diesel mill. This means the 2019 Elantra is available only with petrol power. However, Hyundai has updated the earlier Nu 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol motor to make it BS-VI compliant. The upgrade has had no impact on the power, torque & fuel-efficiency figures that are still pegged at 150bhp, 192Nm, & 14.6km/l, respectively. While the 2019 Elantra is not the most powerful option among its rivals, it continues to have the largest-capacity petrol motor out of all. As before, there is a choice between either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. Also, the 2019 Elantra gets four selectable driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, & Smart.
Trims & variants
The earlier, pre-facelift Elantra was on sale in nine variants (5 petrol & 4 diesel), in three trim levels – S, SX & SX(O). With the diesel engine option gone, the 2019 Elantra is available only in four variants – S, SX, SX AT, & SX (O) AT – and three trim levels. The entry-level variant carries an ex-showroom price of ₹ 15.89 lakh and the top-spec SX (O) AT variant is priced at ₹ 20.39 lakh (ex-showroom).
Exterior & interior changes
The 2019 Elantra has undergone substantial exterior revisions and looks sharper than before, courtesy of new quad-LED headlights with DRLs, triangular fog lamp inserts, signature 'cascading' Hyundai grille, new two-part LED taillamps, refreshed 'Elantra' lettering across the centre of the boot lid, and new alloy wheels. Inside, the 2019 Elantra has ditched the previous car's all-black interior theme for a conventional two-tone black & beige combination.
In terms of features, the biggest change on the 2019 Elantra is that it gets Hyundai's BlueLink connectivity suite. With BlueLink, the Elantra gets a host of additional features like the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), remote engine start/stop, Geofence Alert, Time Fencing Alert, & Valet Alert. In total, the BlueLink suite offers up to 34 unique features. The 2019 Elantra also gets wireless phone charging for enhanced convenience. Other features like an Apple CarPlay & Android Auto-compatible infotainment system (with a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen), an electric sunroof, auto cruise control, engine start/stop, dual-zone air-conditioning, front & rear parking sensors with camera, & ventilated front seats have been borrowed from the previous-gen car.
Maintenance packs/Ownership experience
As before, Hyundai is selling the 2019 Elantra facelift with a standard 3-Year/Unlimited kilometre warranty, which includes roadside assistance (for the same time period) and a 3-Years/30,000km free maintenance pack. Apart from this, each BlueLink-equipped Elantra will also get a 3-Year BlueLink subscription as standard.