Hyundai officially debuted the redesigned Sonata in South Korea. This has been a long time coming for auto enthusiasts after having been subjected to a short teaser campaign, spy photos, and a leaked image.
This redesign is said to be advantageous for the midsize sedan as it will now incorporate the brand’s newest design language that was first revealed with the i30 and the Elantra.
Hyundai said that for the South Korean version, all of the trim levels will be fitted with the center console having a 7-inch display as standard on the interior. However, customers will be given the option to have the 8-inch screen, if they so wish. Whether the customer decides to go for the standard trim or the premium one, the infotainment systems for both will be compatible not only with Apple CarPlay but also with Android Auto.
There are a number of new technological features like extra USB sockets for those sitting in the rear and a wireless charging station. Several new adornments can also be seen like the steering wheel wrapped in new leather.
That being said, this latest version will be equipped with various high-tech safety systems. Among others, it will be equipped with the Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist and Dynamic Bending Lights, and the Lane Departure Warning which works with the Lane Keep Assist function.
On the rear section, new taillights which use LED have been installed. These even come with the classy graphics. Then there is the large Sonata badge plus the brand logo which also serves as the button to release the trunk. A significant amount changes though can be seen in the front starting with the grille which has not only changed its shape a bit but has been made larger. This same grille is then surrounded with the projector headlights.
Changes were done to the bumper in this section too which now has the vertical driving lamps, in LED, integrated to it. The bumpers also show the larger air intakes. Rounding off the changes in the exterior are the new wheels, either 17-inch ones or the 18-inch version. A new color range will also be available for the exterior.
When it comes to powertrain, there will be a choice of either the turbo 1.6-liter unit or the turbo 2.0-liter engine. The former will be paired to paddle shifters with the latter will be coupled with the new automatic eight-speed transmission.
Currently, the orders for the redesigned Sonata are available in South Korea. Sales to Australia, as well as other markets around the world, will start sometime in the middle of 2017.