Next-Gen Hyundai Sonata is all set to make its debut on April 19 at the New York auto show. This will be the 8th generation of the Hyundai Sonata.
But before the official debut, Hyundai has given us the First Look of the upcoming Hyundai Sonata and it looks great. The design philosophy has been changed and now it follows Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy. This philosophy focuses on balancing four key elements – architecture, style, proportions & technology. It will be Hyundai’s first production model to carry out this design philosophy.
It gets and four-door coupe-like design, quite different from the previous generation design. The front end looks very striking with elongated DRLs which follow up on the bonnet. The line is further extended with a chrome strip. When switched off they just harmonize into the design seamlessly. Without the Hyundai badge, it will be hard to recognize it as a Hyundai car with the new modern design language.
Coming to the rear of the car, it gets led tail lamps which connect all way through a strip with each other. The slopping roof-line gives the rear very sporty look.
Sang Yup Lee, senior vice president and head of the Hyundai Design Center said “A short overhang, sloping roofline, and low deck lid create a balanced feel, and Hyundai’s signature chrome accent now goes all the way into the hood.”
Coming to the inside it gets dual tone beige and grey interiors. Seats are also finished in same beige colour and with premium leather. There’s a large touchscreen infotainment system in the centre console, and coming down the centre console we get an electronic shifter. It gets a new instrument cluster which is a digital unit. The satin chrome hints are also present inside the car.
New Hyundai Sonata has grown in dimensions too. It stands 45mm longer, 25mm wider and gets 35mm longer wheelbase than the previous generation. The car has also been lowered by 30mm to give it a more aggressive stance. There’s no word about the engines yet but Hyundai can continue with the same set of engines. A 1.6-litre diesel mill and a 2.0-litre petrol engine can be offered.
Although Hyundai has no plans of bringing it in India soon. We hope Hyundai offers it soon in India after the launch. When launched it will compete with Honda Accord, Skoda Superb and the Toyota Camry.
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