Hyundai released the very first teaser image of the upcoming Avante facelift in Korea.
The refreshed Hyundai Avante, known also as Elantra in the United States, have recently been spotted undergoing final preproduction testing in South Korea.
Heavy camouflage covered the updated front and ear fascias preventing us to see the final styling changes for the 2014 model year.
Those are not expected to be significant as Hyundai does not want to change much over its highly-successful model that has been selling well particularly in the United States and Canada.
Hyundai Elantra has become the top-selling Hyundai model in the USA surpassing the previous year leader, the Sonata mid-size sedan.
Facelift Design Changes
Although Elantra family consists of three models, the 5-door GT hatchback, two-door coupe and 4-door sedan, the carmaker plans to update only the latter one.
The GT and coupe models are still relatively fresh on the market so they do not need any major styling updates.
The Elantra 4-door sedan too will not be getting any significant mid-cycle styling updates.
You can expect to see a slightly redesigned front signature grille and new bumper with updated fog-lights.
Back at rear, the updated model will also incorporate a slightly revised bumper and tail-lamps using LED technology.
The petrol GDI four-cylinder engines, used in the current Avante are modern enough and they deliver good fuel economy.
A diesel engine could be added to the range to satisfy an increased demand for diesel-powered cars demand in Korea.
The Avante facelift is slated to go on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2013, while overseas release date is not known at this point.
The updated Elantra sedan could debut at the L.A. Auto Show in November this year, but this remains a speculation currently.