Thursday, September 20, 2018

2019 Hyundai Elantra redesign revealed

  • Available with Hyundai SmartSense safety and convenience technologies
  • New 6th-generation Elantra will be available in the fall of 2018
  • Sophisticated new design with new instrument cluster
  • Three available engines
  • Built in Montgomery, Alabama and Ulsan, South Korea
Hyundai just took the wraps off the new redesigned 2019 Elantra, a handsome 6th-generation sedan available this fall with many safety and convenience technologies via Hyundai SmartSense. These include forward collision-avoidance assist, lane-keep assist, driver attention assist and even safe exit assist, which sounds an alert when a vehicle approaches from behind to let passengers know it may not be safe to open the door to exit the vehicle. Most of these technologies have been added to the SEL trim level and above, which means they’ll be available on 75 percent of the Elantra lineup. Hyundai has also added SmartSense safety features to the Elantra SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Limited and Sport (SEL and above) levels of trim.
“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,” said Scott Margason, Hyundai’s director of product planning. “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.”
Other updates to the 2019 Hyundai Elantra include new wheel designs and LED headlights on the Limited and Sport models, plus a new center instrument cluster and handy tech such as wireless smartphone charging. This new Elantra also marks the debut of Hyundai’s AVN 5.0 infotainment, which features an upgraded processor and available 8.0-inch screen (compared to the 7-incher in the previous Elantra). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available with AVN 5.0, and Hyundai says the AM, FM and SiriusXM channels are now all combined onto one screen, which makes changing stations with the presets a breeze.
Three available engines
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra has two engines that focus on fuel efficiency and a third that will give the Elantra Sport (which will arrive later in 2018) plenty of pep. The base powerplant in the Elantra SE, SEL and Limited is an Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower and mates to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. The Eco model is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that sends 128 horsepower to the front wheels via an efficient 7-speed dual-clutch automatic that contributes to an impressive EPA Combined fuel-economy rating of 35 mpg. As for the late-arriving Elantra Sport? This Elantra model—with sport seats, paddle shifters, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a multilink rear suspension—is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that sends 201 horsepower to the Elantra’s front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
When it arrives this fall, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra will be offered in six trim levels—SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited, Eco and Sport. While we don’t have official pricing yet, we do know the handsome new 2019 Elantra will be built in Montgomery, Alabama, and Ulsan, South Korea. 

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