Just recently previewed in house market form, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata made its U.S launching in New York. As expected, the midsize 4-door sedan gets a meaningful mid-cycle upgrade that sharpens its look, boosts its characteristics and includes a choice of brand-new convenience, benefit and driver-assist features. Hyundai hopes these modification will make the Sonata much more competitive against rivals like the Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
The new Sonata boasts an edgier front fascia with a bigger, deeper “Cascading Grille” configuration that consists of a horizontal-bar insert on base models and a mesh style on the Sonata Turbo. The Sonata Sport and 2.0 T models likewise feature a selection of blackout trim bits together with bespoke front/rear diffusers and incorporated exhaust outlets. All 2018 Sonata variants have actually more elegantly rendered headlamps with full LED systems being an alternative on some while the tail treatment nets a comparable slimmer, trimmer light graphic and a number of other subtle detail improvements. Rounding out the mix are new, model-specific 16-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheel options.
The 2018 Sonata’s cabin gets a similar update. Topping the list are different trim improvements together with tidier instrument-cluster graphics, a new multifunction steering wheel, 7.0-inch color touchscreen display screen, faster-responding AVN 5.0 multimedia system and more finger-friendly piano-key style audio/HVAC controls. There’s likewise a brand-new rear-seat USB charge port and optional wireless mobile phone charging ability in addition to basic support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The updated Sonata Sport 2.4 L now includes a power sunroof, leather-bolstered sport seats, shifter paddles on its flat-bottom wheel and dual exhausts while a value-oriented SEL trim grade joins the lineup.
While Hyundai has yet to expose anything about a 2018 Sonata Hybrid, powertrains in the other models mainly rollover. That consists of the Eco-only 178-horsepower/1.6- liter turbo four, naturally-aspirated 185-horsepower/2.4- liter and the turbo 245-horse/2.0- liter in the 2.0 T Sport and 2.0 T Limited. Sole change here is that the Sonata’s range-topping engine swaps its present 6-speed automated for a brand-new 8-speed unit that offers a larger ratio spread. The 2018 Sonata likewise gains from retuned steering and suspension systems that improve handling, enhance body control and boost convenience.
Lastly, the upgraded Sonata offers a more thorough suite of standard driver-assist features that adds blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert to the mix. The lane departure alerting system readily available on upline trims is now strengthened by lane keep assist and the maps in the optional navigation system will offer a bird’s eye view and include no-cost real-time traffic/incident updates.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata arrives in dealer display rooms this summer. Prices and extra packaging information will be launched more detailed to the on-sale date.