South Korean automaker, Hyundai, is rolling out a rejuvenated D-segment sedan. Hyundai previously produced the Sonata with an extroverted, dramatic imaged but softened the look of the current generation vehicle that was revealed to the public eye 3 years ago. Recently Hyundai reverted back to its extroverted and dramatic outline of the midsized sedan.
The pre-ramped up 2018 Hyundai Sonata was launched last March of this year in its homestead in South Korea. Currently the aesthetically modified Sonata midsized sedan will make its debut this week in North America, specifically participating at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Akin to its Korean counterpart, the newly tweaked 2018 Sonata sports a newly revised front end that highlights the new "cascading" grille and boosted front fasciae fitted with vertical LED running lights.
Hyundai exclaimed that the brand new front end of the vehicle is equipped with vertical side air intakes to provide the car a more planted feel, and its hood revised to make it lower at the front, in which it gives the 4 door sedan a sleeker look. The new "cascading" grille got its influence from the molten steel that is flowing outside of the caldron. However the overall body of the 2018 Sonata did not have a hint of change as it’s still maintaining a sleek, low roofline of the pre-ramped up unit. Another option that the consumer can choose is the Full LED headlamps. The rear part of the sedan is sporting a sharper looking LED taillights, with a lettering that reads "Sonata". Impressively the rear is less cluttered looking than that of its former self.
The 2018 Sonata's interior is as good looking as its outside design. The updated feature found inside is the standard blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic notification and a discretional lane departure alert with steering assist. Interior wise, the tweaks are more noticeable. These include the more exclusive looking audio and climate buttons with revisions to the instrument cluster and its steering wheel.
The classic 7-inch touch screen tech set still has features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the phone interaction techs are now included in the offered package. Good news for passengers of the 2018 Sonata, as they can already charge their mobile devices through the new USB charging ports located in the second row, with an ever ready Qi wireless charging pad in the front. Hyundai also announced that its AVN 5.0 navigation is also with more improved responsiveness.
Mechanical changes include the tweaked rear suspension with more solid trailing arms and new bushings that give a stiffer build to the suspension. Part of the change also includes the steering wheel in which the Korean automaker indicated that the changes made were important to provide a boost needed by the sedan. Vehicles that bear a 2.0 L, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine will also get an upgrade in the form of new 8 speed automatic transmission. Moreover, Hyundai is currently producing 1.6 L turbo 4 for the Sonata Eco with a 2.4 L, naturally aspirated engine, hybrid and plug in variants.