Like all of Hyundai's cars, the
has elevated itself considerably over the past decade, rising from a bargain-basement econobox to a stylish, well-built econobox. For many, it's the most attractive car at its price point. Soon, it will get a visual update.
These spy shots, captured during testing in Michigan, show the next iteration of the Elantra sedan wearing heavy camouflage. The placement of that camouflage hints at a refreshed design for the nose, doors, and tail of the car.
Unfortunately, the camouflage is too thick to make out any details, but considering that the current Elantra has only been on sale since the 2011 model year, we expect the changes to be minor and superficial. New headlights with LED additions, LEDs in the tail lights, and some changes to the grille area are likely candidates. The interior should also see some tweaks for a slight visual update.
No changes are expected to the powertrain, with the 148-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder carrying forward from the 2013 model. The front-wheel-drive sedan is also certain to keep its choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. That means the (revised
) 38-mpg highway figure should remain intact, regardless of the gearbox chosen.
While never athletic, the Elantra has seen improvements to its ride and steering quality over its first few years on the market. Updates for the 2014 model year should continue this trend, with the sedan's rear suspension possibly adopting the V-Beam system found on the Elantra Coupe for a somewhat sportier feel.
The updated Elantra should arrive at this fall's Los Angeles Auto Show
, likely as a 2014 model. Look for more details on the 2014 Hyundai Elantra refresh to follow soon.