The Hyundai Elantra facelift, which is expected to be launched in September-October, is rumoured to launch with a petrol engine only. In the pre-facelift avatar, the car is available with both petrol and diesel engine options.
The Hyundai Elantra is about to get a makeover in India, and the updated model is rumoured to come with a petrol engine only. The pre-facelift Elantra, however, is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The refreshed model of the sedan was unveiled on August 2018 and is on offer in several global markets. The updated Elantra is expected to launch in India in September-October.
While it’s still a rumour, since there’s no confirmation from the carmaker about introducing the updated Elantra with a petrol engine only, there are multiple reasons why Hyundai may take the petrol-only approach with the updated Elantra.
The first, and most important, reason is that the 1.6-litre diesel engine will soon be replaced with the 1.5-litre unit that does duty on the Kia Seltos. At 115PS, this engine makes 13PS less power than the 1.6-litre diesel engine, and in this tune, it might turn out to be underpowered for a mid-size sedan like the Elantra. The second reason is the falling demand for diesel-powered cars in the country.
A question that remains unanswered at this moment is whether discontinuing the diesel engine is a long-term approach that Hyundai is taking for the Elantra, or a short-term step before the April 2020 BS6 deadline. Hyundai has otherwise not shown any intent to discontinue diesel engines in any car segment, and the carmaker might just want to stick to that philosophy.
The existing petrol engine of the Elantra, a 2.0-litre unit, is likely to power the updated model as well. The engine is expected to be offered in its BS6 avatar, and that make it lose a bit of power. At present, the output of this engine is rated at 152PS. It is likely that the existing manual and automatic transmission options will be on offer in the updated version as well.
In India, the Elantra competes against the likes of the Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis. In its pre-facelift petrol avatar, it is priced in the Rs 13.82 lakh to Rs 18.92 lakh (ex-showroom) range. We expect the ex-showroom prices to go up with the launch of the updated version.