The compact sedan looks even sharper than before.
Hyundai has revealed the updated Avante, known to you and me as the Hyundai Elantra, with fresh images previewing several styling updates that may make their way to the 2024 Elantra. We anticipate these changes to make their way to the US-spec model later this year.
The front end has been invigorated by adding slimmer headlights that look more modern and upmarket than before. The cluster no longer extends upwards, providing the sedan with a classier fascia. Hints of contemporary products, like the new Tucson and facelifted Palisade, can be seen in the front end. Thankfully, the Elantra will dodge the polarizing split headlight trend.
Hyundai is also fighting against the scourge of growing radiator grilles; remarkably, the facelifted model will debut a smaller, far better-looking grille than the outgoing model. The "cascading grille" pattern remains, though.
The addition of faux air vents lends the Elantra a sporty look and gives us hope for a seriously good-looking N variant. While we like the split grille, we wonder whether it would look a touch awkward in states that don't require a front license plate.
It appears Hyundai has done little to alter the side profile of the Elantra. The automaker says this is a new wheel style, but the current model is available with a remarkably similar alloy design. Perhaps it's new for the Korean market. The signature design creases remain in the doors and still lend the sedan plenty of character.
While the rear light cluster's shape remains the same, the updated model will gain a tasteful smoked effect with a more distinctive H-shaped pattern stretching across the light bar.
The addition of a two-tone lower bumper treatment with a faux diffuser puts one in mind of the Ioniq 6, an electric sedan with an outstanding claimed range.
Inside, you'll find the interior has also been treated to a fresh shade called Sage Green. According to Hyundai, the interior has also been updated with "bio-friendly materials." The automaker hasn't detailed what this means, but we're guessing the Elantra will make use of more sustainable interior textiles for the seats and trim.
There's no word on what will power the revised models, but we wouldn't be surprised if the range carries over the existing powerplants, which includes a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, a hybrid, and a sporty 1.6-liter with 201 horsepower.
Thanks to its delightful turbocharged four-pot with 276 hp, the Elantra N is one of our favorite affordable performance cars. Hopefully, the facelift will bring even greater driver enjoyment.
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