Hyundai Unveils a New Design for the 2019 Elantra

2019 Hyundai Elantra Unveiling
Photo: Becky Fixel

With a Beautiful New Look The Elantra Steps Back into Center Stage

While the Hyundai Elantra has been a great family car for over 27 years now, the new design has an updated appearance and the technology that families want. With a streamlined front, the new design of the Elantra will make heads turn while you’re making your next run to the store or to pick up the kids from school. With ample storage space and a fully loaded infotainment system, the 2019 Elantra will turn heads and keep you comfortable while on the go.

The redesign of the new Elantra is more than just the exterior and interior features (although those are noteworthy). Hyundai focused heavily on safety features including Smart Sense and Safe Exit Assist to make sure all passengers are taken care of even when the car is not in motion.

Recently, Hyundai unveiled their all-new 2019 Elantra including a new line up of design and technology features.

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2019 Hyundai Elantra Unveiling

The Elantra’s new center console is condensed and is more intuitive for drivers. Photo: Becky Fixel

New Features on the 2019 Elantra:

Exterior Design Changes

  • New hood, front fenders, front fascia, grille and headlights
  • New trunk, taillights, and rear fascia
  • New 16- and 17-inch wheel designs
  • New 15-inch alloy wheel design on Eco trim
  • LED headlights applied to Limited and Sport trims

Interior Design Changes

  • New center cluster
  • Air vents
  • AVN/Audio/Temperature controls
  • Storage tray
  • New instrument cluster and housing

Hyundai SmartSense

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) applied to SEL trim and above
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA) applied to SEL trim and above
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA) applied to SEL trim and above
  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA) added to Limited with Ultimate Package

Interior Features

  • Standard: 5-inch color audio system
  • Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls applied to SE manual
  • Blue Link® Connected Car System with three years of complimentary Blue Link services applied to Value Edition
  • Qi wireless charging applied to Limited
  • Available AVN 5.0 with faster processor, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ and HERE HD Traffic 8-inch Multimedia Navigation System offered with higher level trims
  • Infinity premium audio with 8 speakers including a center channel and subwoofer applied to Limited
  • Smart Shift Drive Mode applied to SEL and above
  • Standard: Rear view camera with dynamic guidelines

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2019 Hyundai Elantra Unveiling

Attention to detail and design can be seen on every part of the exterior including the new headlight design that looks chrome when the lights are off. Photo: Becky Fixel

The All-New Elantra Got a Face Lift

Now in its sixth generation, the Elantra has sold more than 3 million units since its launch in the U.S. in 1991. Elantra has received numerous accolades including the most recent IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus for model year 2018.

In addition to quality, reliability and being backed by America’s Best Warranty, the JD Power Initial Quality Study recently awarded Hyundai third place overall in the highly regarded study. The Elantra is built in Hyundai’s Montgomery, Alabama plant and its Ulsan, South Korea facility.

“Refinements to both the interior and exterior were initiated on the 2019 Elantra to maintain its emotional design character and include affordable and desired features,” said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai. “The hood, front fenders, fascia, grille and headlights as well as the rear fascia, trunk and taillights each have been redesigned to convey a catchy and confident image. On the rear of the vehicle, the license plate has been relocated to the lower fascia to further enhance the new body sculpture.”

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Cutting-edge safety features have been added to the 2019 Elantra. Most of these features have been added to the SEL trim level and above meaning they are now available on 75 percent of the Elantra lineup. Safety features that have been added to the SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Limited and Sport (SEL and above) trims include the following:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (camera-only type) that is designed to help detect and monitor the vehicle ahead and warn the driver if a collision may be imminent. The system also initiates automatic braking when it detects a slower or stopped vehicle ahead.
  • Lane Keep Assist that detects the lane on the road and may apply steering wheel control if the vehicle leaves the lane when the vehicle speed is over 40 mph.
  • Driver Attention Alert that warns the driver of tired driving patterns with an audible alert and visual warning displayed on the instrument cluster.

SmartSense features included on the Elantra Limited with Ultimate Package include:

  • Safe Exit Assist that may sound an alert when a vehicle approaches from behind letting passengers know it may not be safe to open the door to exit the vehicle.
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection is a technology that utilizes both the front forward-facing radar and camera to help detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system may apply emergency braking in certain circumstances.


The 2019 Elantra also debuts with Hyundai’s next-generation infotainment system. This system features an upgraded processor for greater responsiveness, as well as an 8-inch screen vs. the 7-inch screen in the last generation Elantra.

Using presets within the system is a snap because AM, FM and SiriusXM channels are now combined on one screen that also features HERE HD Traffic (without a subscription).

A bird’s eye view has also been added to navigation maps and drivers can now get traffic flow and incident data without ever paying for a subscription via HD Radio.

The Elantra is available with conveniences like Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi™, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and wireless smartphone charging.


The Elantra features two engine options that provide fuel efficiency and a third engine option in the Elantra Sport model. The SE, SEL and Limited offer the Nu 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle engine with 147 hp @6200 RPM and Eco offers the Kappa 1.4L Turbo-GDI with 128 hp @5500 RPM. The Eco model achieves an EPA estimated 35 mpg combined fuel economy rating thanks to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission


The redesigned 2019 Elantra Sport will debut later in 2018 and have similar design changes to the other models. Hyundai will release more details in the fall. Mechanically, it will have the same level of differentiation as the 2018 model.

The Elantra Sport trim features a 1.6L Turbo-GDI engine, 6-speed manual transmission or available seven-speed dual clutch transmission, a sporty interior and revised trim headliner, advanced technology and connectivity, paddle shifters, sport front seats with leather, flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sport instrument cluster and door trim garnish.

The Elantra Sport features multi-link independent rear suspension which improves the dynamic performance and allows for greater flexibility in tuning.


The 2019 Hyundai Elantra offers 6 trim levels—SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited and Eco or Sport. For a comprehensive overview on each trim, please refer to the Elantra specifications sheet available online here.

The new Hyundai Elantra moves drivers from the quiet kid in the corner to one that other drivers notice and yearn to be more like that cool kid on the block.

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