The Korean compact sedan heads into a sharper stylistic direction.
Hyundai has refreshed the Elantra for the 2019 model year, giving it a dramatic new face, a restyled rear and more tech features than ever before.
The front end now looks more aggressive thanks to an angular grille and triangle-shaped headlights, while the rear has been modernized with thinner lights and new lettering in the space previously occupied by the license plate, which has been re-positioned to the bumper. New 15-, 16-, and 17-inch alloy wheels are also part of the redesign.
Inside, the 2019 Elantra gets a new center console and instrument cluster. A spartan 5-inch color audio system is standard, but more expensive trims benefit from an eight-inch touch screen, a wireless phone charger, as well as driving aids like collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention alert. A new processor makes the infotainment system faster.
The updates don’t extend to the car’s mechanics, however, with the standard Elantra still sourcing its power from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT); the Elantra Sport making due with a 1.6-liter rated at 201 horsepower; and Elantra Eco variant toning things down with a 128-horsepower 1.4-liter in the name of fuel economy.
Sales of the updated, 2019 Hyundai Elantra begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Hyundai, Kia Show Off Wireless EV Charging, Automated Valet Parking
After essentially charging itself, the vehicle automatically reparks itself in an empty spot.
Hyundai and Kia have revealed a new Automated Valet Parking System that makes it easier for electric car owners to charge and park their EVs.
The innovative feature informs the driver of the vehicle’s remaining battery charge and automatically finds wireless charging stations. When instructed, the vehicle then proceeds to drive on its own to an available charging station and charges wirelessly via magnetic induction, before navigating to another vacant parking spot so that other EVs have access to the charging station.
Once the driver is ready to go, the car autonomously returns to his / her location. Watch it in action…
Hyundai and Kia hope that their new Automated Valet Parking System will alleviate crowding at charging stations once electric cars gain prominence. But despite combining several technologies that are already under development, it isn’t expected to be ready until 2025.
Hyundai Delivers Its First Nexo Fuel Cell Vehicle
The promising hydrogen-powered SUV is off to the races!
Hyundai is celebrating the delivery of the first Nexo, the first mass-produced fuel cell SUV for North America.
The car went to Todd Hochrad of Ventura, California, a former scientist and eco car enthusiast who purchased his first hybrid car back in 2003 and has since owned various hybrid and pure electric models.
The Nexo offers an impressive driving range of up to 380 miles (612 km). For the 2019 model year, is available in two trim levels, Blue or Limited. The Blue trim level can be leased for $399, while the Limited trim level is priced at $449 for 36 months.
You can own one outright for $59,345 before any government credits and other such incentives.
The Nexo comes with the first year of maintenance for free and is eligible for a California tax credit up to $5,000. Hyundai also gives buyers hydrogen fueling cards that cover the fueling costs for the first three years.
Hyundai Elantra Owner Drives 1 Million Miles With Original Powertrain
Hyundai was so impressed they gave her a new car.
Hyundai doesn’t usually give out free cars, so you can bet Farrah Haines earned the brand new 2019 Elantra the Korean automaker gifted her.
Haines is a delivery driver in Kansas who drives about 200,000 miles a year delivering auto parts and other products. She managed to clock one million miles on her 2013 Elantra without swapping out the original powertrain, an impressive feat for any make of car.
“My Hyundai has been a great car to me,” Haines said in a statement. “I love to drive and have made a successful career out of it, so it was no surprise that I was able to get to a million miles.”
“This is not only a milestone for Farrah, but also for Hyundai and the quality of our vehicles,” a congratulatory Dean Evans, CMO, Hyundai Motor America, stated. “Reaching one million miles with the original powertrain in just five years is an extremely rare and incredible achievement. We created the 1 Million Mile Emblem because we believe in making things better for our loyal customers and look forward to other Hyundai drivers joining Farrah in the one million mile club.”
We wish Haines another one million miles in her new Elantra.