2020 Hyundai Sonata – debut of eighth-gen model in NY


The Hyundai Sonata 2020 was unveiled at the New York International Motor Show several weeks after the Korean automaker removed the veils of the eighth-generation model (DN8) in early March.

In terms of styling, the latest Sonata certainly commands quite a presence, with clear inspiration from the Le Fil Rouge (HDC-1) concept. Following the theme of "Sensuous Sportiness," the Sonata now uses a four-door coupe body that is reminiscent of the Volkswagen Arteon and the Audi A7 Sportback.

At the front, the Digital Pulse Cascading Grille, which blends perfectly with the carved bonnet. Depending on the variant, two different undercoat designs are present, with the more subtle option featuring a wide chrome finish that cuts the slats of the top horizontal grid and low intake, with corner entries for initialization.

A more aggressive appearance features a bumper with many angular entries, including a wide width lower, while the grid takes on the "parametric gem" pattern seen in the above-mentioned concept.

The new Sonata maintains a design element of the Seventh generation (LF) model with a chrome line that flows from the headlights, through the rearview mirrors before going around the windows. However, this has been updated to incorporate what Hyundai calls the Hidden Lighting Lamps, which are extensions of LED daytime running lights.

This lighting architecture was first seen in the concept and should make the Sonata stand out when lit at night. Along the sides, you'll notice a subtle crease line from the front wheels up to the rear bumper, "slicing" wheels that are offered in sizes from 16 to 18 inches.

Moving to the rear, the rear lights of the Honda Civic FC are linked by a strip of light, and are pushed out to create pointy areas that meet the character's side line.

In terms of size, the new Sonata is now longer at 4,900 mm (+45 mm), wider at 1,890 mm (+25 mm) and has an increased wheelbase of 2,840 mm (+35 mm). The sleek look adds a compromise to your height, which now measures 1,835 mm (-30 mm). The new shape also results in a drag coefficient of only 0.27, with a flat tail light and thin flashlights assisting in that direction.

The overhaul of the project also extends to the interior, with a new panel layout highlighted by a new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and a 12.3-inch digital dashboard built into the dashboard inspired by aeronautics.

Other highlights of the interior include a steering wheel that seems to mimic the scowl of the sporty bumper option, slender air vents, a two-tone color scheme, wired shift knobs instead of a traditional shift lever and control switch climate change.

A wide range of equipment is available here, including a Bose Premium sound system, sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats and navigation function. There is also the Hyundai digital key, which uses NFC to allow a device or phone to unlock the vehicle.

Safety kit is also very good with nine airbags and the latest advanced SmartSense driver assistance systems. Sonata standards are Collision Avoidance Assistance, Range Maintenance Assistance and Advanced Intelligent Cruise Control with Stop and Start. Other available systems include the Driving Assist, the blind spot viewfinder and the blind spot collision warning (BCW) and the safe exit assist.

For the United States market, the Sonata is offered with two Smartstream gasoline engines. The first is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter GDI engine with 191 hp and 245 Nm of torque, while a 1.6-liter turbocharged 1.6-liter engine produces 180 hp and 264 Nm. Both engines are paired with the same automatic transmission eight-speed transmission with the transmission going to the front wheels.

Driving dynamics also gain momentum thanks to improved suspension geometry for improved stability and responsiveness. The enhancements include strengthening the subframes for better stiffness, increased or reduced steering, additional reinforcement and optimization of rear arm thickness.

Production of the Sonata 2020 begins in September at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, with retail sales starting in October. Like what you're seeing?

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