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Exclusive Photos from the 2019 Hyundai Elantra Global Debut

Redesigned sedan drops in... Utah?

Ed TahaneyWriter, photographer

PARK CITY, Utah — The city isn't just for indie movie releases anymore. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra made its global debut in Park City, Utah today.

For starters, the Elantra sedan gets a new hood, front fenders, and new headlights that creep into a tastefully redesigned grille. Around back receives the same treatment with a new rear fascia and cool taillights that are infused with the new trunk lid.

The crowd was impressed and a fellow journo was so taken by the redesign of the trunk that she bravely insisted on climbing into it for a closer look—it is really quite roomy back there.

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra will be available in six trim levels—SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited, Eco, and Sport.

"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, Hyundai product planning director.

"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."

There are three engine options to choose from depending on trim level—a 2.0-liter -four cylinder engine with 147 hp, a 1.4-liter turbo-four with 128 hp, and a 1.6-liter turbo with an estimated 201 hp.

All engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual transmission is also offered in the sport trim. Thanks Hyundai!

The 2019 Elantra also comes jam packed with Hyundai SmartSense safety and convenience tech and will go on sale this fall.

More details are sure to come between now and then—in the meantime, here are some exclusive photos from the reveal.