As the sedan companion to the popular i30 hatch, the refreshed Elantra will wear the same sharpened grille seen on camouflaged prototypes of the five-door model in recent weeks.
For both models, the new Genesis-inspired grille design will replace the more finely integrated mouth featured in the current generation.
But, while the i30 appears likely to hang onto its current headlight design, the heavy masking of this Elantra prototype’s face suggests it will gain new eyes for 2015.
Likewise, these images suggest new and more compact tail-lights will feature at the rear.
Changes to the Elantra for the new model year are expected to focus largely on styling and interior tweaks, with the mechanical package likely to be a largely carry-over affair.
In Australia, the current Elantra Series II range is powered by Hyundai’s 110kW/178Nm 1.8 litre ‘Nu’ engine, available with six-speed manual and automatic transmission.
Watch for more details on the updated Elantra to surface in the coming months.