Hyundai reveals new Sonata with bold sporty look

Low-slung, high on aerodynamics and bristling with future tech, eighth-gen Sonata has a driver-centric interior layout; first Hyundai model to get a panoramic curved display, global launch on March 30; to be available in standard and N Line variants.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 27 Mar 2023 Views icon3558 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Hyundai Motor Company today revealed new, eighth-generation Sonata midsize sedan with a bold new look that heralds its sportiest design ever

More than just a simple facelift, the new Sonata is reborn as a dynamic, progressive new model with low-slung, elegant proportions, more aggressive styling and future-oriented technology. It is also a fresh take on the four-door coupe that captures the essence of Hyundai Motor’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design philosophy. 

The new Sonata bears an N Line-based exterior design that conveys sports coupe style with a long hood, low front-end and fastback roof line. At the front, the low-slung exterior gets a horizontal front-end layout that integrates Hyundai’s signature Seamless Horizon Lamp, hidden headlamps, wide grille and air intake for a more dynamic and aggressive appearance. The wide-set, hidden headlamps help emphasise the vehicle’s wide stance while adding a futuristic touch. And, at the rear, the new H-lights further enhance that image.

The swooping spoiler-shaped trunk lid and muffler-shaped rear garnish on the standard model reinforce the impression of a high-performance sports sedan while the addition of a rear spoiler and dual twin-tip mufflers along with exclusive 19-inch wheels on the N Line further amplify that image. 

Interior design: focus on future mobility 

The new Sonata’s interior has a driver-centric layout that matches its sportier exterior image while implementing a future mobility sensibility with delicate high-tech details in support of modern lifestyles. 

Eighth-gen Sonata becomes first Hyundai model to get a panoramic curved display, which combines both 12.3-inch driver information clusters and 12.3-inch AVN infotainment system.

For the first time in a Hyundai model, the Sonata has a panoramic curved display that combines both 12.3-inch driver information clusters and 12.3-inch AVN infotainment system in a modern and simple dashboard layout that emphasises the horizontal lines and expanded sense of space. The touch-type climate control unit applied to the instrument panel boosts the high-tech vibe. 

According to Hyundai, "The interior has undergone significant upgrades for an improved passenger experience with tasteful interior colour combinations to enhance the sense of sportiness and premium character simultaneously." 

The Sonata’s interior ‘floating’ theme creates a futuristic mood. The application of a column-type shift-by-wire controller behind the steering wheel is aimed at creating more space in the centre console area. The centre console is further enhanced by the palm rest that provides more comfort for the driver by extending the armrest to lean up to the palm of the hand. The large size cup holder and tray provide additional convenience.

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