Hyundai has revealed more details about the 2020 Sonata ahead of the sedan’s Australian launch in the second half of this year.
After revealing the next-generation Sonata’s design earlier this month, Hyundai has now released the car’s powertrain details and technology highlights.
Initially, the Sonata will be available with a choice of two 'Smartstream' engines. First up is a 1.6-litre T-GDI four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit producing 134kW and 264Nm.
Alternatively, Hyundai will offer the new 2.5-litre GDi naturally-aspirated petrol engine which develops 142kW and 245Nm. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
On the technology front, the new Sonata supports Hyundai’s new Digital Key function via a dedicated smartphone app. The Digital Key utilises Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which allows users to lock and unlock the car, activate the alarm and start the engine.
The Sonata will also get Hyundai’s new 8.0-inch full head-up display, the brand claims it’s super-bright with luminance of more than 10,000 candelas per square meter.
Hyundai will use the new Sonata to showcase the marque’s range of upgraded driver assistance systems that meet the Level 2 autonomous driving classification.
The safety package will include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Safety Exit Assist which helps prevent accidents should a door be opened when another vehicle is approaching from behind, and Lane Follow Assist which automatically adjusts steering to help keep the vehicle centred in its lane of travel at speeds between 0 and 145km/h.
Also included is the Blind-Spot View Monitor which uses cameras in the wing mirrors to display vision of the car’s blind spot into the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Remote Smart Parking Assist is available as part of the Digital Key which allows drivers to remotely move the Sonata forwards or backwards in order to get in or out of tight parking spaces. Reverse autonomous emergency braking and a surround-view camera system are also standard.
Australian specifications and pricing for the new Sonata will be announced closer to the car’s local launch in the second half of 2019.
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