All-new Hyundai Sonata reborn as a sexy four door coupe with a key built into your phone and other very clever technology
The Hyundai Sonata has always been that mid-size car that is safe, comfortable, sensible but it’s never yanked at the heart strings. It was kind of like a Korean Camry. But, as Toyota has transformed the Camry into a properly tempting bit of kit, Hyundai has sexed up the all-new Sonata.
Due to land in Australia in the second half of 2019, Hyundai says that it’s new mid-sizer is not a sedan, but rather a swoopy four door coupe. This new coupe boasts trick technology such light strips that illuminate brightly in the dark, but look like pieces of chrome during the day. It’ll alert you if you’re about to open your door onto oncoming traffic, automatically lock the doors when you walk away from the car. Forget your car keys? Never the matter, the new Hyundai Sonata can be unlocked with an app on a compatible phone.
Inside, there’s a 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster which can be configured to suit the driver’s specific needs. A 10.3 inch HD infotainment screen sits pride and centre atop the dash. A 12 speaker Bose sound system is said to deliver crisp and powerful sound.
Additional key features include an eight inch heads up display, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, reverse parking collision avoidance – it applies the brake if it thinks you’re going to back into something – and remote parking.
Two engine options will be offered: the 1.6 T-GDi (turbo) produces 134kW and 264Nm and a naturally aspirated 2.5 litre petrol unit that develops 142kW and 245Nm.
Pricing and specifications for Australian bound cars will be revealed closer to local launch.