Hyundai Motor Company has launched their mid-life refreshed Sonata in South Korea and has provided details of its new midsize saloon. Hyundai’s new D-segment saloon sports a fresh new look, and comes loaded with the latest tech featured in the company’s flagship Genesis saloon.


Design wise, the new Sonata adopts a larger single grille flanked by its sleek projector headlights. Having to accommodate the new grille, the bumper has undergone some changes that now boast larger air intakes and vertical LED daytime running lamps (DRL). At the rear, the Sonata now rocks a set of new LED rear combination lamps with shark tooth-like elements, Sonata letterings, and the Hyundai badge that also acts as a boot release button. The new Sonata will come with 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels and new colours.


For North American, Australian and other selected markets, the 2.0 Turbo model will come with a mesh grille and gets black bezel headlamps, black DRL surrounds, black lower front bumper and side mirror casings in black. In addition, it gets dark chrome moulding, door handles and rear lamp moulding. Like the proverbial cherry on the cake, The Turbo’s exhaust mufflers will receives chrome treatment, which sets it apart from the regular variants.


Other changes can be found inside, where the new Sonata features revised audio, heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls are given ‘piano key’ buttons, while a seven-inch touchscreen display comes as standard in all trims for the South Korean market, while a larger 8-inch Audio Visual Navigation system is available as an option. Both are installed with with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.


Regardless, the new D-Segment saloon offers drivers and passengers modern conviniences with wireless smartphone charging point for compatible phones, USB charging ports located at front and rear centre console. Speaking of which, the new Sonata comes with an array of advanced safety systems that includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, High Beam Assist and Dynamic Bending Lights and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, similarly found in the IONIQ HEV Plus.


The range-topping 2.0 Turbo variant gets a flat-bottom steering wheel and thicker bolstered front seats. The gear knob in this trim receives a sporty treatment, which allows drivers to select one of four drive modes – Comfort, Eco, Sport and Smart – which the latter adapts to the driver’s style of driving automatically between the first three options.


Besides the 2.0-litre Turbo model, the Sonata also comes equipped with a 1.6-litre Turbo engine with paddle shifters, while the bigger 2.0-litre model gets a new eight-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters. Hyundai says that the new Sonata will be available in selected markets by the middle of this year.

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[Bryan Au]

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