Just a “facelift” as you can see. And, so far at least, just for the Chines market.
Although I bet this front end will make it over here and other countries as well.
The interior, although the same, seems much more upscale that what we get over here. Trims and colors.
The wavy profile of the car never worked for me. It just looks plain and cheap. A new front isn’t really what this car needs.
I am sure it is about as nice as a Corolla. But I’ll still take a Civic instead….
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The new front end seems to help a bit, but it doesn’t relate as well to the wavy side crease. My neighbor has a current Elantra, and I’ve been very impressed with the quality, especially the interior. It is far richer looking and elegant than either a Corolla or Civic, but I don’t know about its driving dynamics. For my 53 year old neighbor, it suits her needs fine.
If only I could come into the 21st Century and get over the stigma of owning a Hyundai, I would be happy owning the Elantra. It just feels better saying I own a Honda.
I like the change. But I have to mention the Hyundai Accent; the interior sucks bad! Hard plastics ugly two tones especially the door panels. I don’t know if the Elantra is any better or the same, but the automakers need to step up…including Chevy. My 2000 Chrysler Cirrus beats the Malibu and Accent based on the materials inside. I had to get that off my chest.
I actually don’t like that China market grill…something about it seems off….it’s like trying to put a Chyrsler Wing inside of an Acura grill…something is “too” swoopy about it…the headlights are amazing though….they translate the Genesis coupe headlights well….
But I have to mention the Hyundai Accent; the interior sucks bad! Hard plastics ugly two tones especially the door panels.
I’ve been in both the Accent and the Elantra, and you’re right. The Accent’s plastics are not the best, but the Elantra is much nicer.
the headlights are amazing though….they translate the Genesis coupe headlights well….
Good catch. I hadn’t noticed that similarity. One thing Hyundai hasn’t done the best job of is creating a common design link to all of its models. Maybe this will change.