Hyundai Has Just Revealed 7th Gen Elantra Facelift
The South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai, has recently announced the upcoming launch of a facelift for the 7th generation Hyundai Elantra, which originally debuted in March 2020. This updated version of the car will first be released in the South Korean market, where it is sold under the name Avante, in the near future.
Hyundai has unveiled three images that reveal some minor alterations to the front and rear-end styling of its C-segment sedan, which is seen as a competitor to the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Additionally, the company has introduced a new interior trim color to enhance the vehicle’s aesthetics.
There is a greater focus on horizontal lines and motifs, echoing the trend set by the company’s latest models, with new slimmer LED headlights, a wider grille, and updated bumpers having new lower air intakes with the rear one getting an added silver garnish. Plus there appear to be new 18-inch alloy wheels, tweaked trim on the rear window pillars, and side mirrors modules for a 360-degree, surround-view camera.
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7th Gen Hyundai Elantra Interior & Performance
The interior updates seem to be restricted to the introduction of new Sage Green seat upholstery and the use of eco-friendly materials specifically for the South Korean market. The instrument display and infotainment touchscreen appear to be unaltered, each measuring 10.25 inches. It is probable that the engine choices will remain the same as those found in the pre-facelift models.
In South Korea, the Elantra is offered with a Smartstream 1.6L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 121 of power and 154 Nm of torque. This engine is paired with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) with 8 virtual speeds. Plus there is a Gamma 1.6L naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that runs on liquified petroleum gas (LPG) with 118 hp and 152 Nm. This unit gets a 6-speed automatic transmission. Another powertrain option is a hybrid with 139 hp and 265 Nm, which consists of a Smartstream 1.6L unit assisted by an electric motor.
The Elantra also comes in N Line performance guise that packs a Smartstream 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 201 hp and 265 Nm and is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The top of the line is the Elantra N, which gets a Theta 2.0L turbo making 276 hp and 392 Nm with transmission choices of 6-speed manual or 8-speed DCT.
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Other than being called Avante back in South Korea, the Elantra is also sold as the i30 sedan in right-hand-drive markets such as Australia & New Zealand. The new Hyundai Elantra facelift is expected to begin reaching export markets in the second half of this year.
In Pakistan, we still get the globally obsolete 6th gen Hyundai Elantra which was launched here a year after the latest 7th gen model made its world debut. Although Hyundai sells the globally retired versions of Tucson & Elantra in our country, it sells the latest 8th gen Sonata mid-sized sedan here. But how long will it take for the 7th gen Elantra to reach Pakistan is yet known.
I’m a Honda fan. But this Elantra looks awesome. Love it.