Next week, a variety of new and refreshed models will grace the 2017 New York Auto Show. Once again, various automakers will come together to show off their latest products and features. And officials have confirmed that one of those vehicles is none other than Hyundai’s newly refreshed 2018 Sonata midsize sedan.
Not much has been revealed of what is inside the car and what it can do (or achieve), but reports say that the American model has a close resemblance with the newly updated Korean version which made its official debut in South Korea just a few days ago.
If we would base the new look of the American model with the Korean version, then it would also have a redesigned front grille, new LED running lights, redesigned taillights, and a new trunk badge which also functions as its opening handle – a few of the exterior revisions that we will be expecting.
Also take note that the overall look of the Korean model is similar to that of the latest Elantra sedan and the 2018 Elantra GT hatchback – just a reference in case we want to compare the U.S. and Korean versions. Interior modifications include a new leather-wrapped steering wheel and some tech goodies such as wireless phone charging, new 7- or 8-inch infotainment displays, and more USB charging ports.
According to a statement at a press release, the South Korean automaker said that the 2018 Hyundai Sonata will be the model for the company’s new “Cascading Grille”, a feature which will soon be used on all models.
Currently, American Sonata models are offered with a wide range of powertrains which include a 2.4-liter inline-four, a 2.0-liter turbo, a 1.6-liter turbo in the Sonata Eco. Furthermore, customers can choose from a variation between hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. In the U.S., the Hyundai Sonata is the Korean automaker’s second best-selling car in its current U.S. lineup, that is why expectations are high for the 2018 model year.
Everyone is expecting that the upcoming model will possess all of the best technologies and upgrades that Hyundai has to offer. Simply put, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata has a very important role in paving the way for future Hyundai models.
The American debut of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata will be on April 12, Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time, and is expected to appear in U.S. dealerships some time by the end of the year.