After a surprise media reveal and a series of leaks, the new Hyundai Elantra has finally been revealed. To be honest, we're not entirely sure what to think. On the one hand, the face now looks angry in a cool, aggressive sort of manner. But on the other, it just seems like there's a bit too much going on up front.
The grille is worlds larger and much more dominating than the last one, and the fascia and fog light housings are new, too. But overall the whole aesthetic is carried by those "anime eye" triangular headlights. The front is in sharp contrast to the rear, which features elegant improved taillight designs and a much more polished overall look. The update includes new 16- and 17-inch wheel designs as well.
Inside, the new Elantra gets an updated instrument cluster, new controls, new A/C vents, and a storage tray. Entertainment-wise, owners get an updated touchscreen infotainment system with an 8-inch screen compared to the previous one's 7-inch. The car can come with a host of Hyundai SmartSense safety technologies, too, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Assist and Safe Exit Assist.
Hyundai product planning director Scott Margason says the update maintains the nameplate's reputation as one of the more stylish, affordable sedans in the market.
"Refinements to both the interior and exterior were initiated on the 2019 Elantra to maintain its emotional design character and include affordable and desired features," Margason said. "The hood, front fenders, fascia, grille and headlights as well as the rear fascia, trunk and taillights each have been redesigned to convey a catchy and confident image. On the rear of the vehicle, the license plate has been relocated to the lower fascia to further enhance the new body sculpture."
So, what do you make of the compact sedan's "enhanced" look? Do you think it's as polarizing as we do?