MD Hyundai Elantra facelift brings LED tail-lights, 130kW 2L engine

The mid-life update for the MD or fifth generation Hyundai Elantra is slowly beginning to spread around the world, with the US the latest to receive the updated sedan.

First unveiled earlier in 2013, the updated Elantra (known as the Avante in Korea) features revised headlights with LED driving, tail-lights with LED elements on up-spec models, new bumpers including a more aggressive rear diffuser, L-shaped fog lights, and new alloy wheels.

In the US, at least, the revised Elantra also plays host for the first time to Hyundai’s 2-litre direct injection engine. In the Elantra it churns out 130kW of power and 209Nm of torque for the front wheels — up from the 110kW/178Nm on offer from the standard 1.8-litre engine.

No word yet on when we’ll see the updated Elantra in Australia, but it can’t be too far away.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]