When Hyundai redesigned the Elantra sedan to the 2016 model year, it came with tasteful conservative styling, some common interior and competitive software and hardware. Not long after, a turbocharged Sport model debuted, which increased Elantra's performance.
Stylish, comfortable, safe, affordable and fantastic value, like re-designed Elantra nevertheless failed to match the previous version of the car in terms of annual sales.
Something had to be done.
Something Comes To 2019.
Hyundai goes fat and brash with the updated Elantra sedan
Honestly, I think I like the outgoing Elantra's look more than this updated version.
Everything ahead of the windshield is new and presents a sharper, more angled, folded and folded new face to the world. The car definitely has more personality, but exaggerated shapes, triangular themes and kinkegitter eliminate 2018 Elantra's trim and tailor-made appearance.
Around the same goes the same philosophy, where a new suitcase, tailgate and bumper adds a bolder look. On the positive side, the new styling Elantra gives an unmistakable look. On the negative side, the backs on the lower part of the rear fascia resemble a sliding not suitable for a compact car.
New wheel design performs the external transformation. Limited trim has a machine-cut aluminum wheel with an intricate triangular motif that seems difficult to clean.
Safety technology is easier to get
Inside, Hyundai adds a craving design flair to 2019 Elantra. The instrumentation provides more intricate gauges with checkered flags, air vents add modern detailing, and new climate controls give a more upscale look.
The equipment is also dropped down to the different Elantra trim levels that return as SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Sport and Limited. Bluetooth is now standard on all 2019 Elantra SE versions, which is a color display audio system and a reversing camera.
Step up to SEL trim for new default driver assistance and collision elusive technologies. They include forward flight warning, automatic emergency braking, lane error warning with lane assistance, and a driver alert notice. This is a big deal: Earlier these items were limited to Limited with the Ultimate package.
A new Smart Shift mode also debut for SEL trim, along with a larger 8 inch screen for the enhanced infotainment system. Meanwhile, Value Edition receives three free years of Blue Link-linked services, previously reserved for the Sport and Limited trim levels.
On top of the lineup, Elantra Limited is equipped with Qi-compatible wireless charging and a standard Infinity Premium audio system with eight speakers and Clari-Fi music restoration technology. First, the premium audio system was only available with the costly Ultimate alternative package.
Regarding the Limited Limited package, it adds a new Safe Exit Assist system designed to prevent passengers from opening a door when the traffic is approaching from behind. This version of the car remains the only pedestrian detection as part of the forward-collision alert system.
Three engines remain available.
Hyundai makes no changes in 2019 Elantra's driving lanes and mechanics. As such, a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine SE, SEL, Value Edition and Limited strengthens. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic in all, but the SE-trim, which features a 6-speed manual gearbox with automatic freedom of choice.
Elantra Eco continues with a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 128 horsepower and a healthy 156 lb.ft. of torque from 1,400 rpm. to 3700 rpm. This version of the car is the high mileage specialty, which also uses a 7-speed dual-coupling automatic manual transmission to get an estimated 35 mpg in combined driving.
Hyundai says that Elantra Sport returns to the end of 2018. It still provides robust power from a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 195 lb.ft. of torque from 1500 rpm to 4500 rpm. A 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-coupled automated manual gearbox with paddle shifters is available for sport, and this version of Elantra is the only one to get a more sophisticated independent rear suspension.
Big discounts available until 2019 Elantra sedan shows up
The updated 2019 Elantra comes into showrooms in the fall. It gives you plenty of time to decide whether the new styling and wider availability of security technology are appealing enough to wait or to take advantage of big discounts and great deals that the company does not make stock of the 2018 models.
First Pictures: 2019 Hyundai Elantra
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