t seems as if something had flown out of the drawing board. Kind of. Before the Korean carmaker holds its official debut this year, sketches of the updated 2018 Hyundai Sonata have leaked on the Internet. Based on the reports, the teasers first came from Hyundai’s official Facebook page but a recent post from Hyundai-Blog also has the same drawings of the new sedan.
Although it wasn’t the first time that the upcoming model was spied online, the sketches prove to be more revealing as far as the design cues and how the finished product would turn out later on.
If anything, the new updates give the new Sonata a sportier look and it appears to have more of a European flair this time as compared to the current model. At least judging from the overall impression. Thanks to Schreyer’s signature nose grille, the most noticeable changes go to the front end which also includes new headlights and distinctive daytime running lights in LED. Besides these changes, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is expected to come with redesigned cabin with new trims to match as well the latest information and entertainment system.
Interestingly, one of the teasers showed a sketch of the Hyundai Sonata bearing the “turbo” badge. So this is probably what has gotten every spectator excited about aside from the redesigned exterior. As of this writing, the sedan’s most powerful engine is a 2.0-liter turbo that boasts up to 245hp. Its engine is mated to a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox and comes with a front wheel drive layout.
However, earlier reports said that the newly updated version of the sedan could also have the 3rd generation i3 N’s more powerful 260 hp 2.0 turbo engine. But that remains to be seen. Hyundai has yet to make an official announcement regarding the exact spec details and whether or not it will be introducing a new trim level.
It is very likely that we will be seeing the usual plugin hybrid and hybrid versions including the same engine range just like on the sedan’s ongoing 2015 model year. In this case, we can also expect a 245hp 2.0-liter turbo, a 178hp 1.6-liter turbo and a 185hp 2.4-liter turbo four cylinder engines to be on the line.
As far as driving dynamics go, we believe there’s still a lot of work to be done. Even if the Sonata is Hyundai’s best-selling sedan next to Elantra. We hope those issues have already been addressed with this new update. Who knew in a matter of time, the Sonata could be the brand’s top selling midsize model? Well, only time will tell.