Just recently previewed in home market kind, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata made its U.S launching in New York. As expected, the midsize 4-door sedan receives a significant mid-cycle upgrade that hones its look, enhances its characteristics and includes a choice of new convenience, convenience and driver-assist features. Hyundai hopes these modification will make the Sonata a lot more competitive against competitors like the Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Design
The brand-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 choice of blackout trim bits together with bespoke front/rear diffusers and integrated exhaust outlets. All 2018 Sonata variants have more elegantly rendered headlamps with full LED systems being an alternative on some while the tail treatment nets a similar slimmer, trimmer light graphic and several other subtle information refinements. 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 comparable update. Topping the list are different trim improvements in addition to tidier instrument-cluster graphics, a new multifunction wheel, 7.0-inch color touchscreen display screen, faster-responding AVN 5.0 multimedia system and more finger-friendly piano-key design audio/HVAC controls. There’s likewise a brand-new rear-seat USB charge port and optional wireless mobile phone charging ability along with standard support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The upgraded Sonata Sport 2.4 L now includes a power sunroof, leather-bolstered sport seats, shifter paddles on its flat-bottom wheel and double exhausts while a value-oriented SEL trim grade joins the lineup.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Engine
While Hyundai has yet to expose anything about a 2018 Sonata Hybrid, powertrains in the other models mostly carry over. That includes the Eco-only 178-horsepower/1.6- liter turbo 4, 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 new 8-speed unit that supplies a larger ratio spread. The 2018 Sonata also gains from retuned steering and suspension systems that boost handling, improve body control and boost convenience.
Lastly, the updated Sonata uses a more extensive suite of basic driver-assist features that adds blind area detection with rear cross traffic alert to the mix. The lane departure alerting system available on upline trims is now strengthened by lane keep assist and the maps in the optional navigation system will use a bird’s eye view and include no-cost real-time traffic/incident updates.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Release Date and Price
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata arrives in dealer display rooms this summertime. Rates and extra product packaging information will be released better to the on-sale date.