Future Models - Hyundai 2017 Sonata
Updated Hyundai Sonata gets ‘dramatic’ facelift
Evolution: The facelifted Hyundai Sonata will be revealed in South Korea next month, and its expected to have a sportier, more aggressive design.
Cascading grille to feature on facelifted Hyundai Sonata, revealed next month
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28 February 2017
HYUNDAI has revealed sketches of its facelifted Sonata mid-sizer ahead of its
reveal in South Korea next month, showing more aggressive styling and the
‘cascading grille’ that will be rolled out on a number of Hyundai products,
including the latest i30 hatch.
The new sedan is expected to land on Australian shores in the middle of this
year, about two-and-a-half years after the seventh-generation model went on
sale Down Under.
Hyundai says the refreshed Sonata will undergo a “dramatic design change” as
previewed by the sketches.
The sketches show an updated front fascia for two versions, including the
standard Sonata that appears to retain the horizontal striped grille of the
outgoing model and the sportier Turbo variant that features a mesh grille.
Hyundai says the new cascading grille shape is supposed to evoke images of the
“flow of molten steel” and will become a signature element of Hyundai vehicles
as it is progressively rolled out across the range.
The headlights have also been updated and now feature a squarer look that
mirrors the headlight design of the new i30.
The front-on sketch reveals similarities between the design of the Sonata and
the new-gen Audi A5 which was uncovered late last year, sharing the squared-off
lights, large grille and bonnet lines of the German coupe.
Larger, more aggressive lower air intakes around the front fenders give the new
model a sportier look, and have separate designs for the regular and Turbo
The sporty look is complemented by a subtle front splitter, and the lower,
wider stance, while the rear features a new tail-light cluster that is
reminiscent of the circa-$800,000 Lamborghini Aventador S.
Hyundai designers have moved the number plates from the boot to the rear
bumper, with ‘Sonata’ spelled out in block letters on the boot.
The new rear also features a more aggressive rear diffuser and symmetrical
twin-exhaust pipes, while the turbo model steps up the sportiness with a more
aggressive diffuser and a quad-tip exhaust setup.
Powertrain options are unlikely to change when the updated Sonata arrives,
meaning the 138kW/241Nm 2.4-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol unit
from the entry-level Active, and the 180kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol
four-pot from the Elite and Premium variants are likely to carry over.
Both engines are teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission.
More details on the updated Sonata will be uncovered closer to its reveal in
South Korea next month.