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Hyundai India will be launching the Elantra facelift in India by end-September. Ahead of its launch in the Indian market, Hyundai has confirmed that the new Elantra facelift will be offered with just the petrol engine options only.
Hyundai has taken the decision to discontinue the diesel engine on Elantra model, because of its low sales numbers. The sales numbers in the executive sedan segment shows that buyers prefer petrol powertrains over diesel engines.
Backing the statement with numbers, the company sold 214 units of the petrol-powered Elantra between April-July 2019, as compared to only 90 units of the Elantra diesel. The trend continues to be same across segment for different models on sale in India.
The petrol engine featured on the facelift Elantra will be carried from the outgoing model. This is in the form of a 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 150bhp and 192Nm of torque. The engine will be made to comply with the new upcoming BS-VI emission norms. It will be offered with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic torque converter unit.
Hyundai could bring back the diesel powertrain in the Elantra at a later stage, depending on the demand. However, it will not be the same diesel engine featured on the current model.
The outgoing model of the Elantra features a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 128bhp. The engine will soon be phased out by the company, making way for a new 1.5-litre diesel powertrain featured on the Kia Seltos.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine from Kia is already made BS-VI compliant and will be available with two-states-of-tune. The lower-spec version produces 90bhp, and the top-spec version produces 115bhp.
Exterior changes on the facelift model include a new front grille, reshaped headlamps with LED (DRLs) Daytime Running Lights, redesigned fog lamps, and a new alloy wheels. The rear bumper will also be revised with few design changes. Overall, the facelift model is expected to look fresh with sharp design cues.
The Elantra facelift model will feature a few changes on the interiors of the car. The highlight would be the new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Other changes also include ventilated seats, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and leather upholstery; among others.
The newest iteration of the Elantra will be equipped with the same safety features carried forward from the outgoing model of the company's premium sedan. We expect Hyundai to price the Elantra between Rs 14 and 19 lakh bracket.
Thoughts About The Hyundai Elantra Facelift Model With Petrol Engines Only
All auto manufacturers including Hyundai are reconsidering the strategy with diesel engines, to make it BS-VI compliant. Many manufacturers have confirmed to discontinue their smaller-capacity diesel engine, as it would be difficult and expensive to make it comply with the BS-VI emission norms.
However, with Kia's BS-VI compliant diesel engine, Hyundai will have no problem to feature its model with a diesel engine, if the market demands for it. The Elantra facelift when launched will rival against, the Honda Civic, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis.