This update brings the Sonata in line with Hyundai’s current design philosophy
First came the Elite i20 with Hyundai’s refreshed design language and the updated hexagonal grille. The hatchback was then followed by the Creta, Tucson and more recently the Grand i10. The Korean car maker has also showcased the new-generation Verna. So, that only leaves out the mid-sized Sonata. Or does it?
Hyundai has taken the wraps off the new for 2018 Sonata. Up front, the new Sonata sports what Hyundai calls the ‘cascading grille’. It is large, proudly flaunts the company emblem and gives the 2018 Sonata a wide stance. Look at the new Sonata in profile and it is easy to notice that Hyundai has traded a curvy design for a sharp looking one. The sleek pulled back headlamps, the sharp shoulder line accompanied by the distinct character line and the roof that flows smoothly into the boot, all give it an aggressive stance. In the international market, the new Sonata also comes with 16-,17-, and 18-inch rim options. At the back, the registration plate cut out has now been moved from the boot lid to the bumper and it also comes with reprofiled taillamps.
There are substantial updates on the inside too. it gets a dual-tone black and grey dashboard, with a large 7-inch touchscreen taking the centre stage. The infotainment system comes with Apple CarPay and Android Auto. Other features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, climate control and more.
The changes aren’t only in its design and features. Hyundai has stiffened the anti-roll bar by 12 percent to ensure that the Sonata is gifted with an improved drive feel. The rear suspension too has been beefed up with firmer bushings. The steering has also been recalibrated for better feedback. At the heart, the new 2018 Sonata will continue to sport the same engine options.
Although the engine remains the same, Hyundai has considerably updated its mid-sized sedan, inside and out, to ensure that stays in line with the rest of its product portfolio.