The facelifted Hyundai Elantra has been officially unveiled in Korea, revealing a refreshed design and new features.

Teased last week, and badged Avante in its home Korean market, the new 4550mm-long Hyundai Elantra measures 20mm longer than the previous model, while still riding on the same 2700mm wheelbase.

The result of front and rear bumpers being stretched 5mm and 15mm respectively, the extended dimensions put the Elantra 30mm shy of the current Mazda 3 sedan.

Up front the new Elantra gains a revised front bumper, radiator grille and fog lights along with LED strips incorporated into the headlights.

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At the rear, LED tail-lights sit above a tweaked body colour and black rear bumper, while chrome door handles and redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior changes.

Inside, Hyundai says the centre air vent has been moved up on the dash and the front centre armrest raised in a bid to improve usability, in direct response to customer feedback.

A 3.5-inch digital display, rear passenger air vents and ventilated seats have also been introduced and join a new smart parking assist system and the Korean brand’s flex steer adjustable-weight steering system.

A diesel engine has been added to the Elantra range too, with the 94kW/279Nm 1.6-litre unit claiming a fuel economy best of 5.4L/100km when tied to a manual transmission. While netting a higher 6.2L/100km with the automatic transmission fitted, the auto ‘box comes with stop-start technology. The existing 110kW/178Nm 1.8-litre petrol engine is expected to remain in the line-up.

The facelifted Hyundai Elantra is due to go on sale locally in the fourth quarter of 2013, 23 years since the first-generation model launched globally in 1990.

Full pricing and specification information is to be announced closer to the car’s Australian release.




  • Naughtyius Maximus

    Great copy and paste with tiny change added. Seen same story elsewhere way before Caradvice. My advice = get in before overs and set agenda rather then copy & paste editing

  • Brayden Cresswell

    I can see new fog-lights and new wheels not much of a face lift more of a update.

  • Naughtyius Maximus

    LOL mega……………….why update something that looks light years ahead of most other average cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is a given to stick with a real svelte classy nice design!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Observer

      The exclamation marks weren’t necessary. Looks are subjective too – I think the new Mazda3 looks streets ahead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Zaccy16

        yep exactly, this looks very dated, the thing that needed to be fixed was the horrible suspension and handling!

  • Naughtyius Maximus

    Lets hope Kia scratch heads long and hard to put in real Aussie tune to suspension, more accurate feel to steering and diesel to come to market here……………………..if they don’t do that they very poorly managed and should go work for Ford Australia!

  • Naughtyius Maximus

    6 and 3 looks too much like Batman owns it…….looks good but not that good. Wake up with you comment re !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Don Quay

    Why are they continuing to sell this in Australia? is anyone buying the Elantra, as the i30 seems much more popular and do they need two cars in the same segment? I must admit I got a laugh from the TV ad the seemed to imply it was big on the outside and small on the inside.

    • Nasal Explorer

      I see a stack of these on the roads up my way, so I guess they are selling okay.

    • $29896495

      Ugly over styled car these things.

      • Elantra

        It might be over styled but it’s not bland, boring, and certainly not a lemon.

        • $29896495

          Well boring can apply to overstyles. Not a lemon, more like a squashed orange.

      • Zaccy16

        yep and drive like sailing boats!

        • freedome

          yeah the Elantra and hyundais in general are drab cars. the 1.8L in the Elantra is by far the worse 1.8 there is. its so slow despite 6-speed auto and sounds horrific doing so and it also guzzles gas like a 4.0L engine.

          roads noise is atrocious, people say Mazdas have poor sound deadening, but the road noise and Tyre roar from the elantra is just unacceptable, it feels like you are driving on gravel road or something like that.

          iX35, elantra etc etc etc etc all of hyundai’s range is just rubbish. purchased mainly by people who have absolutely no clue.

          • Joe

            More like you are the one without any clue. I have done so many test drives and compared all the gadgets and found most of the Japanese cars or European cars selling too much on their brand. People like you who have no clue or what so ever will continue to babble about how other cars are great and what not without any proof. The Hyundai 1.8 engine is not a fuel guzzlers like 4.0L engines. Infact, it is one of the lower side of the fuel drinker. It has been proven in caradvice as well during the VS article not too long ago. So if you don’t own the car, or have driven or have even gone into the showroom to have a look at it in person, please don’t babble rubbish. It just makes you look uneducated.

  • $29896495

    Doesn’t look any different to me. 20mm is nothing, not even worth writing about.

  • Jess

    When the next gen model is released call it i30 sedan and maybe that will lift sales

  • pol

    Apparently, non of dick****s on the comment actually read the article. Diesel which makes i30 so better than its rivals(probably except VW’s), including Mazda 3 has been added to Elantra and that alone attracts many people.

  • asdASD

    hahaaa fail HYUNDI

    they made it even uglier!!!