New Hyundai Sonata gets sharper styling inside and out, better driver involvement and new safety kit
Hyundai has teased with a couple of sketches that its heavily revised Sonata will be far sassier that its predecessor, but now it has removed the veil to confirm that the new Hyundai Sonata will not only be quite a looker, but will have a refreshed interior and upgraded technology levels.
Outside there is more aggressive styling and there are new 17inch alloy wheels. More expensive versions powered by the 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine gains a mesh grille, black bezel headlamps, black daytime running light surrounds, black accents on the front bumper and black casings on the wing mirrors.
There’s also dark trim on the lower portions of the sides and the rear diffuser and dual exhausts have been covered in chrome, to ensure that the turbo models stand out from lesser versions.
Turbo models also get an eight-speed automatic with flappy paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
The 2.4 litre naturally aspirated version with the six-speed automatic drivelines remains unchanged.
Inside, there is new switchgear with “piano black” style surfacing, there’s a new seven-inch touchscreen colour display and turbo models get the chunky three-spoke steering wheel from the Elantra SR, along with new seats with sportier bolstering – hello Kia Optima GT – and there are now three driving modes to suit your mode: Comfort, Eco, Sport and Smart. The last one using the car’s brain to determine which mode is best depending on the driving style and any given time. Think of it as an automatic mode.
Hyundai has upped the tech ante in the new Hyundai Sonata with wireless smartphone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with an additional an additional USB port for rear passengers.
New safety equipment will include Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and swivelling headlights.
The new Hyundai Sonata is due to go on sale in Australia sometime in mid-2017. Pricing and specifications will be released closer to that date.