The all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata has been revealed ahead of a local release in the second half of this year.
It’s a somewhat surprising move to bring the new model to Oz given the decline in passenger cars. To help the Sonata stand out, it’s the first model to utilise Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language. The result is a smart looking four-door coupe.
For those wondering what Sensuous Sportiness actually means, according to Hyundai, the term is “defined by the harmony between four fundamental elements in vehicle design: proportion, architecture, styling and technology.” Pretty deep and meaningful stuff.
To achieve a sportier look the new Sonata sits 30mm lower with 25mm of extra width. The length has grown by 45mm which has enlarged the wheelbase by 35mm.
It sure is a spiffy looking exterior with the Digital Pulse Cascading Grille and Daytime Running Lights embedded with Hidden Lighting Lamps, a first for Hyundai. The Hidden Lighting Lamps appear to be of a chromic material when switched off and become dramatically lit when turned on.
Along with the Sensuous Sportiness design language, the light architecture featured on the Sonata “defines the design identity of future Hyundai cars.”
The interior hasn’t been neglected, it’s an upmarket affair sporting a driver-focused layout with a new instrument panel.
Hyundai says “the instrument panel is rich and modern, and the recognisable winged shape is inspired by a Stealth aircraft. This shape almost levitates or floats when looked at, and this philosophy carries into the long armrests. Satin chrome accents enhance this effect. Designers compressed the height of the dashboard and HVAC vents as much as possible to aid the light-weight feeling, while modern, light fabric colours and leathers provide a fresh and freeing ambience for the driver.”
There is no word yet on what powertrain options will be available in the new Sonata, it’s likely hybrid and PHEV options will get a run in some markets.
The next-generation Sonata will launch in Australian in the second half of 2019. Local specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
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