Hyundai releases updated Elantra compact sedan in Korea

Also known as the Avante
Aug 14, 2013

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Hyundai has updated the Elantra compact sedan, also known as the Avante in its home market of Korea, giving it a mild facelift three years after the model first went into production in 2010.

Clearly evident in the update is the newly designed front bumper, which has a more prominent hexagonal grille and restyled, boomerang-shaped foglamps. In addition, its headlamp housing now features a solid LED strip that surrounds the new projector lights.

Other changes to the Elantra\'s exterior are the 17-inch, two-tone alloy wheels; LED rear combination lamps; and a two-tone rear bumper that has a blacked-out lower section.

For its interior, the updated Elantra has redesigned air-conditioning vents that sandwich a 3.5-inch OLED display. Its front center armrest has also been raised for improved usability. Passengers in the rear seats now have their own air vents, which have been integrated into the rear of the center armrest. A smart parking assist system and Hyundai\'s flex steering technology make driving the new Elantra even more convenient.

The new Elantra also has Hyundai\'s Idle Stop & Go system, which, the carmaker claims, lowers the car\'s fuel consumption by 7%.

Lastly, the Korean-market Elantra now has a 1.6-liter CRDi diesel that puts out 128hp and 279Nm. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, this powerplant supposedly has a fuel consumption of 18.519km/L (the automatic gearbox brings this down to 16.129km/L).

What do you think of this updated Elantra?

 

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