Revised sedan sports a sharper look and more safety kit.

Hyundai has given the Elantra a dramatic mid-life facelift, with an upgraded interior and 'edgy' new look.

On the design front, the Elantra sports a heavily updated look at both ends. In addition to the sharp new headlights and grille, the front also features a new bonnet with extra creases, and new wheel arches.

At the back, the car has gained stepped tail-lights integrated into a new boot lid with the Elantra name spelt out prominently. To accommodate these changes, the number plate holder and reversing lights have been moved down into the redesigned bumper.

The changes to the interior are far less extensive with the instrument cluster and air conditioning controls being redesigned, while the vent slats have also been subtly tweaked.

Hyundai's most recent generation of infotainment systems are available throughout the range, with the base unit sporting a 5.0-inch screen, and more expensive models featuring 8.0-inch units.

Hyundai has also upgraded the Elantra's selection of safety equipment, at least in the US. New features include autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, safe exist assist, and driver attention alerts.

The company has also redesigned the sedan's selection of alloy wheels, which stretch from 15 to 17 inches in diameter. High-end trims gain new LED headlights, Qi wireless smartphone charging, and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.

For the US, the revised Elantra range soldiers on with the existing engine options, including the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre and turbocharged 1.6-litre motors employed in Australia.

Australia

The redesigned Elantra goes on sale in the US during the northern autumn, and according to Hyundai Australia should be arriving Down Under later this year. Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to its launch.