The facelifted Hyundai Elantra has been revealed in the United States, with the updated version of the Korean automaker's sedan sporting fresh styling and more technology (although engine options have been carried over unchanged).

Up front, you’ll immediately notice the new bonnet, fenders, grille and headlamps (LED items on flagship models), while the refreshed rear end features a new bootlid and redesigned taillamps. New alloy wheel designs – ranging in size from 15 to 17 inches – have also been rolled out.

Inside, the changes are not quite as extreme, but include redesigns for the centre console, air vents, temperature controls and instrument cluster, as well as the addition of a new storage tray. Perhaps more importantly, though, the updated Elantra gains debuts Hyundai’s next-generation AVN 5,0 infotainment system, which features an upgraded processor, an eight-inch screen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality. Wireless smartphone charging is also available.

Big-car safety kit optionally available on the facelifted Hyundai Elantra sedan include forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keep assist, driver attention assist and safe exit assist. Blind-spot collision warning with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist are also offered.

No word yet on when the updated Elantra is expected to arrive in South Africa.