Redesigned and face lifted Hyundai Sonata made its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show as it enters the market with a more aggressive profile and a completely modified rear.
Created and designed at Hyundai’s California Design Studio and new features LED daytime running lights. The rear of the sedan now comes with sharp taillight design and enlarged Hyundai badge, which now houses the trunk release button. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and new wheel designs cap off its new look.
Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel echo the exterior’s look. Dashboard features a dial design and a strong three-spoke steering wheel. Piano key buttons for audio and HVAC controls gives a modern appeal.
Hyundai also claims that it has refined chassis with improved ride and handling. The torsion bar stiffness within the steering system in increased by 12 percent, and will help to improve steering response and feel in all conditions.
In addition to these steering changes, Hyundai Sonata received an updated rear suspension. The trailing arms are 21 percent thicker, making them stiffer to manage heavy suspension loads.
For the top-of-the-line powertrain, there’s even more. The 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine now includes an eight-speed automatic transmission, which adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds. The 2.0-liter turbo models roll on 18-inch wheels, now with Michelin tires.
The updated Hyundai Sonata also get a seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.