The all-new Hyundai Sonata has been revealed ahead of its 2019 New York Auto Show debut, flaunting its four-door coupe-like profile and sporty character.
The all-new Sonata takes its inspiration from the award-winning Le Fil Rouge concept, which debuted at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Like the concept car, the production Sonata follows the theme of Sensuous Sportiness, which Hyundai says is defined by four fundamental elements in car design: proportion, architecture, styling, and technology.
“Sonata celebrates innovative coupe-like silhouette,” said Sang Yup Lee, senior vice president and head of the Hyundai Design Center. “A short overhang, sloping roofline, and low deck lid create a balanced feel, and Hyundai’s signature chrome accent now goes all the way into the hood, making it look even longer. It also has LED lighting built in. These cues bring the Sensuous Sportiness design to life.”
Up front, there’s a bold “Digital Pulse Cascading Grille” which Hyundai says resembles that of a sports car with its “rythmic visuals.” It is connected to the hood, which is then flanked by a pair of LED headlights featuring LED daytime running lights that utilize Hidden Lighting Lamps. When switched off, the LED daytime running lights look like a chrome design element. The side profile features a 30 mm lower roofline, giving it a more dynamic and sporty character. A chrome line runs along the windows, all the way to the LED daytime running lights up front. At the back, a pair of C-shaped LED tail lights are connected by an LED strip, which gives it a wide appearance at night.
Inside, the Sonata has a more upscale and premium interior. There’s a good amount of satin chrome finishes and soft-touch materials to truly uplift the interior vibe. Hyundai says it is offering a greater choice of lighter fabric and leather colors to provide a feeling of spaciousness for the Sonata’s occupants. Hyundai has not revealed any of the new features it has, but from what we’re seeing, there’s a large touch screen infotainment system up front, as well as a push-button gear shifter.
No powertrain options or figures have been given, but it’s safe to say that the Sonata may continue to utilize the naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter petrol and 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engines.
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