Hyundai introduced the facelifted Elantra in the Korean market aiming to strengthen its presence in one of the most competitive segments in the world. As you can see from the photos, the 2014 Elantra, badged Avanta in the Korean market, comes with a refreshed design a consisting of a newly-designed front bumper, radiator grille, fog lamps but also LED light guide and projection headlamps.
Moreover, we find a new black, two-tone rear bumper and LED rear combination lamps as well as redesigned 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels and chrome belt line moulding. At the interior, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra/Avante was also redesigned and now the centre air vent position was moved upward on the dash, while the front centre armrest position was also raised.
Hyundai also added rear seat air vent, 3.5 inch OLED display and ventilation seats. The facelifted Elantra now comes with high-tech features such as advanced SPAS (Smart Parking Assist System) and flex steer. Under the hood, there is a 1.6-liter diesel engine delivering 94 kw or 126 hp and 279 Nm of torque.
According to Hyundai, the engine needs only 5.4 l/100kms (MT) and 6.2l/100kms (AT). The advanced ISG (Idle Stop & Go) system is adopted on the automatic diesel variant. In Korea, the facelifted Elantra will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The cabin of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra exudes a more premium feel, thanks to design refinement, a new third-generation navigation and audio technology, new HVAC controls as well as available aluminum accents.
Hyundai managed to give the new Elantra a simplified yet higher-quality interior appearance, as achieved by relocating the HVAC vents as well as implementing changes on the controls and height of the front center armrest. For those who wanted to make the interior more upscale, the carmaker is making available a choice of a darker yet more neutral beige color. The Sport version of the Elantra is available with aluminum pedals while the Sport and Limited models feature aluminum door sill plates.
For new owners of the Limited version, they could avail of the optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation that boasts of simpler user interface, improved navigation screens as well as enhanced voice recognition commands. Hyundai has made sure that the system is more intuitive for common tasks. For instance, pairing a phone is now easier thanks to pop-up messages while the system’s voice recognition software could now understand street addresses and cities in a sentence.
Likewise, the route screens now show speed limits while providing details of the next three maneuvers. The system is now simpler as a single or two presses of a button are only required to accomplish most functions. Additionally, systems memory now allow user to store and view jpeg images and mpeg music files from a USB stick.
Interestingly, the optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display (with navigation) found in the Elantra Limited features an integrated Pandora internet radio. The screen comes with a Pandora icon for Internet radio. Moreover, Pandora could also be viewed on the screen, with users allowed to give the Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down on certain songs. In addition, users could connect Pandora to the head unit through a USB cable.