Hyundai Debuts Restyled Sonata

Hyundai Motor Company has debuted the new Sonata midsize sedan for which the design and specifications have been significantly updated for the eighth generation.

The new Sonata features a new design with low-slung proportions and more aggressive coupe-like styling, along with an array of advanced safety, driver assistance and convenience features, Hyundai designers said. The new Sonata, which goes on sale in global markets later this year, will be available as a standard internal combustion engine (ICE) model, N Line variant and hybrid electric (HEV) version, with a range of engine options.

The new Sonata’s front has a horizontal layout that integrates Hyundai’s Seamless Horizon Lamp, wide-set hidden headlamps, wide grille and air intake for a more dynamic and aggressive appearance, designers said. At the rear, the new H-lights, spoiler-shaped trunk lid and muffler-shaped rear garnish add a performance flair. Sonata also has a power trunk.

The N Line adds more dynamic style, Hyundai said, with an enlarged front bumper grille area, exclusive 19-inch wheels and rear spoiler, while the dual twin-tip mufflers amplify SONATA’s innate sportiness.

Inside, the N Line is finished with red-accented stitching and cross-metal patterned garnishes. N Line is available with exclusive features, such as Active Sound Design, Launch Control, N Powershift and Rev Matching, when selecting the gasoline 2.5 turbo engine.

The Sonata will be available in Aero Silver color (Matte/Metallic), Abyss Black Pearl, Serenity White Pearl, Atlas White, Nocturne Gray (Matte/Metallic), Transmission Blue Pearl, Biophilic Blue Pearl, Ultimate Red Metallic, Cream Beige and Curated Silver Metallic.

The interior is trimmed in a choice of black, dark gray and greige two-tone, dark gray and camel two-tone, dark gray and navy two-tone and dark gray with red stitching and N Line red paint (N Line only).

Additionally, the new Sonata can be locked, unlocked and started through the Digital Key 2, using near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and ultra-wide band (UWB) protocols on smartphones or smart watches (Android and iOS), which assures a high level of security.

The panoramic curved display, in which the 12.3-inch driver information cluster is integrated into the 12.3-inch audio-video navigation (AVN) system to give drivers an immersive digital experience. Likewise, the head-up display (HUD) shows as a 12-inch projection on the windshield. A 12-speaker Bose Premium Sound System with new CenterPoint 360 technology completes the interior technology.

The new model offers Over-the-Air (OTA) software updates, as well as an array of driver assistance and safety features, including collision avoidance systems, driving assists and more. The newly applied Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) enables the user to park the vehicle and exit parking spots by remotely reversing and forwarding with the smart key from outside the vehicle.

Additionally, the Sonata has further improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) performance with body reinforcements and a change of steering wheel material.

The lineup of powertrain options includes a gasoline-powered 2.5-liter engine, 2.5-liter turbo engine and 2.0-liter hybrid electric (HEV). The 2.5-liter turbo was developed especially for the N Line.

The HEV model is equipped with e-Motion Drive, a paddle shifter and regenerative braking mode to further increase fuel efficiency. The new aero-friendly design also improves fuel efficiency and stability during high-speed driving. It provides excellent aerodynamic performance with an air resistance.

A.J. Hecht

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