Safety comes first in the re­designed 2019 Elantra

Hyundai SmartSense safety and con­ve­nience tech­nolo­gies en­hance driver as­sur­ance

The Fresno Bee - - Auto -

The re­designed 2019 Elantra sedan con­veys emo­tion with a new in­tense de­sign, while de­liv­er­ing a so­phis­ti­cated driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence through Hyundai SmartSense safety and con­ve­nience tech­nolo­gies. Hyundai SmartSense of­fers a va­ri­ety of ad­vanced ac­tive safety and con­ve­nience fea­tures. SmartSense tech­nolo­gies avail­able as op­tions on the 2019 Elantra in­clude: For­ward Col­li­sion-Avoid­ance As­sist, Lane Keep As­sist, Driver At­ten­tion As­sist and Safe Exit As­sist. The newly de­signed 2019 Elantra will be avail­able later this fall.

In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety data shows that Au­to­matic Emer­gency Brak­ing and For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing, which are both in­te­grated into Hyundai’s For­ward Col­li­sion-Avoid­ance As­sist, are as­so­ci­ated with a 50 per­cent re­duc­tion in rear-end col­li­sions. In ad­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion 94 per­cent of se­ri­ous ve­hi­cle crashes in­volve hu­man er­ror, which is why ad­vanced safety tech­nolo­gies like Lane Keep As­sist have the po­ten­tial to save lives.


Ex­te­rior de­sign changes

New hood, front fend­ers, front fas­cia,

grille and head­lights

New trunk, tail­lights and rear fas­cia

New 16- and 17-inch wheel de­signs

New 15-inch al­loy wheel de­sign on Eco


LED head­lights ap­plied to Lim­ited and

Sport trims

In­te­rior de­sign changes

New cen­ter clus­ter

Air vents AVN/Au­dio/Tem­per­a­ture con­trols Stor­age tray

New in­stru­ment clus­ter and hous­ing

Hyundai SmartSense

For­ward Col­li­sion-Avoid­ance As­sist ap­plied to SEL trim and above

Lane Keep As­sist ap­plied to SEL trim

and above

Driver At­ten­tion Alert ap­plied to SEL

trim and above

Safe Exit As­sist added to Lim­ited with

Ul­ti­mate Pack­age

In­te­rior Fea­tures

Stan­dard: 5-inch color au­dio sys­tem

Blue­tooth and steer­ing wheel au­dio

con­trols ap­plied to SE man­ual

Blue Link Con­nected Car Sys­tem with

three years of com­pli­men­tary Blue Link ser­vices ap­plied to Value Edi­tion

Qi wire­less charg­ing ap­plied to Lim­ited

Avail­able AVN 5.0 with faster pro­ces­sor,

An­droid Auto and Ap­ple CarPlay and HERE HD Traf­fic 8-inch Mul­ti­me­dia Nav­i­ga­tion Sys­tem of­fered with higher level trims

In­fin­ity pre­mium au­dio with 8 speak­ers

in­clud­ing a cen­ter chan­nel and sub­woofer ap­plied to Lim­ited

Smart Shift Drive Mode ap­plied to SEL

and above

Stan­dard: Rear view cam­era with dy­namic

• guide­lines

Now in its sixth gen­er­a­tion, the Elantra has sold more than 3 mil­lion units since its launch in the U.S. in 1991. Elantra has re­ceived nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades in­clud­ing the most re­cent IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus for model year 2018. In ad­di­tion to qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and be­ing backed by Amer­ica’s Best War­ranty, the JD Power IQS re­cently awarded Hyundai third place over­all in the highly re­garded in­dus­try qual­ity study. The Elantra is built in Hyundai’s Mont­gomery, Alabama plant and its Ul­san, South Korea fa­cil­ity.

“Re­fine­ments to both the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior were ini­ti­ated on the 2019 Elantra to main­tain its emo­tional de­sign char­ac­ter and in­clude af­ford­able and de­sired fea­tures,” said Scott Mar­ga­son, di­rec­tor, prod­uct plan­ning, Hyundai. “The hood, front fend­ers, fas­cia, grille and head­lights as well as the rear fas­cia, trunk and tail­lights each have been re­designed to con­vey a catchy and con­fi­dent im­age. On the rear of the ve­hi­cle, the li­cense plate has been re­lo­cated to the lower fas­cia to fur­ther en­hance the new body sculp­ture.”


Cut­ting-edge SmartSense safety fea­tures have been added to the 2019 Elantra. Most of these fea­tures have been added to the SEL trim level and above mean­ing they are now avail­able on 75 per­cent of the Elantra lineup. SmartSense safety fea­tures have been added to the SEL, Value Edi­tion, Eco, Lim­ited and Sport (SEL and above) trims and in­clude the fol­low­ing:

For­ward Col­li­sion-Avoid­ance As­sist

(cam­era-only type) that is de­signed to help de­tect and mon­i­tor the ve­hi­cle ahead and warn the driver if a col­li­sion may be im­mi­nent. The sys­tem also ini­ti­ates au­to­matic brak­ing when it de­tects a slower or stopped ve­hi­cle ahead.

Lane Keep As­sist that de­tects the lane

on the road and may ap­ply steer­ing wheel con­trol if the ve­hi­cle leaves the lane when the ve­hi­cle speed is over 40 mph.

Driver At­ten­tion Alert that warns the

driver of tired driv­ing pat­terns with an au­di­ble alert and vis­ual warn­ing dis­played on the in­stru­ment clus­ter.

SmartSense fea­tures in­cluded on the Elantra Lim­ited with Ul­ti­mate Pack­age in­clude:

Safe Exit As­sist that may sound an alert

when a ve­hi­cle ap­proaches from be­hind let­ting pas­sen­gers know it may not be safe to open the door to exit the ve­hi­cle.

For­ward Col­li­sion-Avoid­ance As­sist

with Pedes­trian De­tec­tion is a tech­nol­ogy that uti­lizes both the front for­ward-fac­ing radar and cam­era through sen­sor fu­sion to help de­tect a ve­hi­cle or pedes­trian, and warn the driver of a po­ten­tial col­li­sion. If the driver does not re­act to avoid the im­pact, the sys­tem may ap­ply emer­gency brak­ing in cer­tain cir­cum­stances.

Ad­di­tional Smart Sense Safety fea­tures in­clude:

Blind-Spot Col­li­sion Warn­ing with Rear

Cross-Traf­fic Alert and Lane Change As­sist.


The 2019 Elantra also de­buts with Hyundai’s next gen­er­a­tion AVN 5.0 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. This sys­tem fea­tures an up­graded pro­ces­sor for greater re­spon­sive­ness, as well as an 8-inch screen vs. the 7-inch screen in the last gen­er­a­tion Elantra. Us­ing pre­sets with AVN 5.0 is a snap be­cause AM, FM and Sir­iusXM chan­nels are now com­bined on one screen and also fea­ture HERE HD Traf­fic (with­out a sub­scrip­tion). A bird’s eye view has also been added to nav­i­ga­tion maps and drivers can now get traf­fic flow and in­ci­dent data with­out ever pay­ing for a sub­scrip­tion via HD Ra­dio.

The Elantra is avail­able with con­ve­niences like In­fin­ity Pre­mium Au­dio with Clari-Fi, Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto and wire­less smart­phone charg­ing. MPG: Up to 32 city / 40 high­way MSRP: From $17,100

Drew Phillips/Hyundai

In­te­rior de­sign changes in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra in­clude a new cen­ter clus­ter, AVN/au­dio/tem­per­a­ture con­trols, a stor­age tray and new in­stru­ment clus­ter and hous­ing.

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