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The Hyundai Elantra receives a sleeker look for 2023

A face we would love to see make a comeback

No longer wearing a gaping grille. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The Hyundai Elantra is still going strong in countries like South Korea (as the Avante) and North America, and the Korean giant has now revealed a new look to its gorgeous compact sedan for 2023.

The black contrast is real. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The new Elantra’s front fascia sports a split-grille design and shorter and sleeker headlights compared to the current face, but it still retains the Parametric Dynamic theme found in other Hyundai models. The rear end now has a significant two-tone scheme with piano black, and a silver metallic strip almost dominating the bumper.

A green interior, figuratively and literally. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

No new engine options were introduced, so it is safe to assume the existing choices of 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter gasoline and hybrid powertrains will be improved and brought over to the face-lifted Elantra—especially the hot Elantra N. The interior mostly stays the same, with a new sage green option made with environment-friendly materials.

The previous Elantra—which never made it here—is a reminder of what we've been missing. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

No definitive launch date has been confirmed, but a late 2023 release is expected. With the slow but sure restructuring of Hyundai Motor Philippines, could we finally get to see the return of the Elantra?

Justin Young

Justin loves cars of all forms. Molded by motoring TV shows and Internet car culture, he sees the world from a different perspective that not many get to see every day.