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.
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.