• Apr 23rd 2008 at 1:58PM
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Click above to view high-res gallery of the 2008 Hyundai Elantra in China

As we learned last week, Hyundai used the occasion of Auto China in Beijing to debut its slightly refreshened Elantra. Its face now features a wider grille flanked by larger headlights, and a new lower air intake has also been reshaped. The overall effect is that the Elantra's friendly face has been been given a healthy dose of attitude. Likewise, the Elantra's rear also gets reshaped and loses its bulbous butt complex. We do expect these design updates to eventually reach the U.S.-market Elantra, as well as some new interior niceties like improved connectivity for digital music devices. As for when that will happen, your guess is as good as ours.



[Source: Autoblog Chinese]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Okay. That's not totally ugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought Hyundai wanted to move upmarket? This strategy of a lineup consisting of luxury or near-luxury and cheap cars is fine almost everywhere else in the world but in the U.S.

      I guess it depends on Hyundai's goals are in the U.S. but this seems it would be better badged as a Kia. Kia needs new product more than Hyundai which is launching its flagship Genesis sedan this year which is upscale where this is low end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey AB, can I work as a photographer for you? Well, I'm not that experienced at it, but I know how to work my $150 camera's EV and White balance to get pictures that don't look all washed out by the harsh show lights. Also, I can figure out exciting camera angles to accent certain pieces better.

      Not only that, but I could write for you! I read articles carefully so that I quote them accurately, and I also am a grammar-nazi (blame my mother), so that would also work out for you if you need me to write for you.

      Any open positions?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, am I the only one that likes the front?

      Well, I do think it would Fit Kia better, but meh whatever.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hyundai is still making knock-offs! It's updated in time to keep up with the new Carolla.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's not ugly, maybe a little bland at the most. It looks like they tried to make the headlights/taillights look kind of like the Genesis Coupes
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is for China only. You won't see it in the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So ridiculously tall...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugh... Fugly. My '01 Elantra was a nice looking car. This thing, not so much.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think that you need some glasses bro. Anyone in their right mind wouldn't even use the Carolla and Mazda3 in the same sentence! The Hyundai is still a Carolla wannabe. Sorry Hyundaiboy!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, I don't think glasses are going to help your lack of reading COMPREHENSION (bro!).

        I was only talking about the rear lights treatment, not anything else.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, the present iteration of the sedan has a lot of redeeming qualities, but looks isn't one of them.

      This is an improvement, but I wouldn't say it's the best-looker in its class. Still, it makes the package more attractive as I won't be able to confuse it for a prior-gen Corolla or even Civic (note: I usually wear glasses, and I make those assessments when I'm not wearing them. :v).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yawn.. does anyone really care about these? Most people who buy these cars probably don't visit Autoblog on a daily basis to get info and updates. :)
      The RWD Genesis? Yes, but this? come on.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So if its a RWD Hyundai Genesis then its ok to be a "riceboy"?
        • 7 Years Ago
        >_>

        fgt.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Speak yourself mate. Go drive your auto Elantra, riceboy..
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