Hyundai is not saying goodbye to the midsize sedan market just yet. As a way of showing their commitment to making big sedans still, Hyundai has officially revealed the first images of the eighth-generation Sonata.
Borrowing design cues from the Le Fil Rogue concept at last year's Geneva International Auto Show, the sedan adopts a coupe-like silhouette along with a sportier-looking front and rear ends. It features the company's new design language called 'Sensous Sportiness' which blends crisp body lines with smooth flowing shapes.
The front fascia features a new 'Digital Pulse Cascading Grill' which Hyundai claims resembles grill designs of sports cars. Then there's the new light architecture which the company took inspiration from the HDC-2 concept from last year. It features daytime running lights as well as hidden lighting lamps which will serve as a new signature look for the automaker besides the Sensous Sportiness design theme.
The rear, on the other hand, gets a pair of C-shaped taillights that are complemented by a light bar fitted on the trunk. As an added touch, the Sonata also comes with an integrated trunk spoiler which enhances the sedan's sportier looks. Finally, a single character line which runs the entire length of the vehicle accentuates the sleekness of the all-new Sonata.
Pop the doors open and the sedan greets you with a revamped dashboard, new digital displays and heaps of leather upholstery. A new 'floating' touchscreen display makes its home on the center dash while the HVAC controls have been moved down for a cleaner overall look. Meanwhile, the instrument panel features a 'wing-inspired' look akin to steath fighter aircraft displays.
Hyundai has yet to announce the Sonata's engine lineup. However, we won't be surprised if the new sedan will be available with turbocharged engines, as well as a hybrid option. An eight-speed automatic transmission will most likely be available, along with a dual-clutch for the hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant.