2023 Hyundai Avante facelift launched in Korea


Hyundai has launched the Avante facelift in Korea with prices starting at KRW 19.6 million (US$ 14,975 or INR 12.32 lakh). For anyone scratching their head, the Avante is what Koreans call the Elantra. The new model boasts styling revisions and upgraded onboard technology.

The 7th-gen Elantra/Avante already debuted with sharp lines and creases in 2020, but the facelift takes it to another level by making—especially the front fascia more creasy—but thankfully, it’s not cheesy. However, I do like to add that the front bumper tries its hardest to look German—for obvious reasons 😉 The side and rear fascias look pretty much the same except for some minor tweaks—as is the case with most facelifts of any brand. There’s a new set of 17-inch wheels too.


The color palette now offers 9 options: Meta Blue Pearl, Ecotronic Gray Pearl, Ultimate Red Metallic, Abyss Black Pearl, Atlas White, Cyber Gray Metallic, Fluid Gray Metallic, Amazon Gray Metallic and Intense Blue Pearl.

What about the Avante N-Line and Avante N you asked? Well, those will be revealed in the second half of the year.

The ‘digital key 2 touch’ functionality allows you to open the door with your smartwatch or smartphone, plus, you can share the usage rights with up to 3 people. And, once inside, visually, things don’t look any different compared with the original 7th-gen Elantra; I mean, you still get that curved panel on the dashboard that houses two 10.25-inch displays. Other highlights include an integrated dashcam; heated & ventilated front seats; heated rear seats; memory function for the driver seat; wireless smartphone charging; Type-C USB ports; Bose premium audio system, and so on. You got three new color themes for the cabin: sage green, black one-tone and cashmere beige.


As for passive safety, you get 8 airbags as standard. The list of active safety stuff is big—as you might expect; these include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist; Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist; Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist; Rear Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist; Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control; Highway Driving Assist; Safe Exit Warning; Lane Keeping Assist; Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, and Surround View Monitor.


Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the Avante facelift in Korea is available with 1.6L petrol and 1.6L LPG options, both coupled with a CVT. It is unclear if the 6-speed manual gearbox is also available now or will join at a later date. However, as mentioned, the N-Line and N models will join the lineup at a later date. The 1.6L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol motor offers 90.5 kW (123 metric hp) and 154 Nm (113.5 lb-ft), while the LPG with 88 kW (120 metric hp) and 152 Nm (112 lb-ft) is not bad either. Also, do note that there’s no change in output figures.

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