The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Facelift appears sportier and stylish with new front grille and new LED headlamps; comes with better safety
Hyundai has unveiled the all-new facelifted Sonata sedan at the ongoing 2017 New York International Motor Show. The 2018 Sonata’s US unveiling comes right after one month of its launch in South Korea. The stylish sedan has become more exciting looking and sportier with the facelift. The US version appears identical to the model launched in Korea.
Up front, the sedan gets a new and larger front grille with chrome detailing and horizontal slats. The headlamps look sharper with their twin beam appearance with LED unit and they get integrated LED daytime running lights too. Instead of conventional fog lamps, the vertically positioned LED lights enhance the appeal further and they are positioned at the black housing.
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At the side profile, the sharp and crisp character lines give the car aerodynamic efficiency and a sharper appearance. A sleek chrome trim starts from behind the headlamp’s rear tip and runs through the bottom of the glass area. Apart from that, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, sporty new design alloy wheels, chrome finished door handles and a nicely curved roofline increase the sedan’s visual appeal.
The rear of the vehicle too gets restyled taillights with LED inserts, a large muscular bumper and chrome tipped exhaust. The Hyundai badge at the centre of the tailgate gets a trunk release button, there no need of a tailgate handle. The Hyundai Sonata Sport and Sonata 2.0T can be distinguished thanks to their aggressive mesh grille and different looking bumper.
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Inside the cabin of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, the sedan receives a new multi-function steering wheel, revised instrument cluster, restyled centre console with new switchgear. The touchscreen infotainment system has been updated and the navigation system comes much improved. On the safety front, the sedan gets Blind Spot Detection system and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert as standard.
The suspension has been improved to offer the occupants more comfortable ride. However, the performance details are not disclosed yet. The South Korean model is available with a 1.7-litre VGT engine generating 141 PS, a 180 PS producing 1.6-litre T-GDI engine while there are a 163 PS producing 2.0-litre engine and a 245 PS generating 2.0-litre turbocharged unit on offer as well. Transmission duty is done by an all-new 8-speed AT.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Gallery