Marcus De Guzman / Hyundai | March 09, 2017 08:45
Hyundai gives the Sonata a facelift for the 2018 model year
Hyundai's D-segment contender has just received its mid-cycle facelift. According to the automaker, the 2018 Sonata features a more sophisticated exterior, as well as new in-car tech and powertrain options.
In line with the brand's evolving Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the 2018 Sonata gets a bolder styling. The front fascia now has a new cascading grill along with a more sculpted hood. Also introduced in the refreshed sedan are the new LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights (DRLs).
Over to the side, the 2018 Sonata is dominated by sculpted lines and new 17-inch directional spoked alloys. Also available as an option are two newly-designed 18-inch alloy wheels. Towards the back, the D-segment sedan gets a new pair of taillights that are reminscent of the one used in the Elantra. The trunklid, on the other hand, now has a cleaner design as Hyundai opted to place the license plate holder on the bumper.
In terms of size, the Sonata measures 4,855mm long, 1,865mm wide and 1,475 tall. Wheelbase, on the other hand, comes in at 2,805mm.
Stepping inside, the center console has been revised and now conforms to the current design theme used by Hyundai. Like the Elantra, the top portion has a touchscreen infotainment while the lower section has the automatic climate control system. A new three-spoke steering wheel with audio, phone and cruise control comes as standard. Also new are the leather upholstery, wood and metal trim pieces, and the updated instrument panel.
2.0 Turbo models slightly differ from the standard offerings as they will come with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, heavily bolstered front seats and a sporty gear knob which allows drivers to select from four driving modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport and Normal.
Other technologies present on the 2018 Sonata include: wireless smartphone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and USB charging ports for the rear occupants.
A total of four engines will be available for the 2018 Sonata. First is the 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four. It puts out 163 PS along with 196 Nm of torque and has a top speed of 205 km/h, Next is the 1.6 T-GDI which generates 180 PS, has 265 Nm of pulling power and has a 210 km/h top speed.
At the top of the range is the 2.0 T-GDI that is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine cranks out 245 PS and has a hefty torque pull of 353 Nm. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 240 km/h.
For those that prefer a turbo-diesel, there is also the 1.7-liter engine with variable geometry turbo (VGT). It produces 141 PS with 347 Nm of torque.
Safety features that can be specified for the 2018 Sonata are: lane departure warning, lane keep assist, high beam assist, dynamic bending lights, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert as such.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata will be arriving in key markets by mid-year.