Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has officially launched the new Hyundai Elantra facelift, which is being offered in a sole 2.0L Executive variant priced at RM109,888 on-the-road without insurance. The price includes a five-year/300,000 km warranty, as well as 24-hour road assist.

Under the bonnet, the Elantra soldiers on with the familiar 2.0 litre Nu naturally-aspirated four-cylinder that makes 152 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The mill is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, with drive directed to the front wheels.

With the facelift, the sixth-generation (AD) Elantra gains a bold new exterior design that certainly has no shortage of triangles. This is most evident when it comes to the halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and the clusters themselves are now linked to a restyled Cascading Grille.

More three-sided polygons can be found in the fog lamp regions, which are now recessed further into the corners of the bumper for a more pointed front end. Also new here is the bonnet, with specific creases forming a slightly raised band leading to the Hyundai badge.

Significant work has gone to give the Elantra a more distinct rear end as well, with the two-piece taillights now sporting a jagged section. If that isn’t enough, there’s even funky lightning bolt-shaped graphics within the clusters. A lesser detail is the addition of shark fin antenna on the roof of the vehicle.

The new lighting setup also sees the Hyundai badge be positioned a little lower than before, with the model emblem joining it underneath. This displaces the number plate holder, which now sits further down, flanked by the rear fog lamp/reflector.

In terms of the interior, the overall layout of items remains pretty much unchanged, but with a few tweaks. For instance, there’s now an injection of silver accents to liven things up, as seen on the main dash and centre console. Keen-eyed observers will spot the new switchgear for the manual air-conditioning system (with rear vents), as well as a spiffier gear lever.

The list of standard equipment on the 2.0L Executive includes 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels (with 225/45 profile tyres), leather upholstery, 3.5-inch TFT-LCD multi-info instrument cluster display, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support), keyless entry and start and a rearview camera. Customers will get to choose from five exterior colours – Polar White, Fluid Metal, Fiery Red, Teal Blue and Phantom Black.