When it comes to Hyundai, we always see it firstly in Korean home ground. After that, it usually arrives with the same tweaks for U.S. market. Although South Korean car maker doesn’t hint us that updates of new 2018 Hyundai Sonata will make it across the ocean, we are pretty sure they will. Despite the fact that buyers are slowly migrating to SUV’s, Sonata enjoys popularity in the U.S. Let alone the fact that some of the Sonata rivals are Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Mazda 6, and Chevrolet Malibu. Those updates that are (probably) coming will ensure that average sale numbers will remain around 215.000 of sold units per year. Or reach even higher number.
2018 Hyundai Sonata – Facelift
So what are the updates that 2018 Hyundai Sonata will bring? First of all, new headlights are now slimmer. The grille is sleeker making new model more aerodynamic. In many ways, it resembles the new 2018 Elantra GT. While we’re at lighting section, the rear lights will also get a new signature. The body rides on new 17-inch wheels, while there are also 18-inch wheels which come as an option. Amongst other, one more novelty is opening the trunk lid. Hyundai disposed of the ugly latch. Now all the person has to do is press the Hyundai badge and the trunk will open electronically.
2018 Hyundai Sonata – Interior
On the inside, although pictures aren’t available, Hyundai says that interior will now be more premium. The first thing that users will notice is definitely new steering wheel designs, which will vary with the trim selection. Also, the dashboard buttons will be more user-friendly, while the rear seat occupants will have USB charge port. Wireless charging will come as an option, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility will come as standard.
2018 Hyundai Sonata – New Transmission
Powertrain options will largely carry over with all being inline 4-cylinder engine. With variations of volume size and added a turbo, the 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter, and 2.4-liter will have the same outputs as before. Meaning 178, 185, and 245 horsepower will power the wheels. The main difference comes with 2.0T models. New eight-speed automatic gearbox will replace existing six-speed. While we’re at it, the 2.0T models will also have sporty black mesh design on the grille, the headlights bezels are darkened, while black chrome will beautify the rest of the exterior. In addition to Eco, Sport, and Comfort driving modes, the 2.0T models will also benefit from one more, adaptive Smart.
2018 Hyundai Sonata – Release Date
We will have to wait a little longer before 2018 Hyundai Sonata debuts on North American soil. It might be as soon as New York Auto Show in April or as late in Los Angeles Auto Show in December. Nevertheless, the new mid-size sedan will arrive in dealerships till the end of this year with small modifications to price.