2017 New York Auto Show: 2018 Hyundai Sonata image

The South Korean automaker used the worldwide audience of the 2017 New York Auto Show to debut their latest refresh – the 2018 Hyundai Sonata.

Last month the model was introduced for the home market in South Korea and now the carmaker has taken the wraps off the North American model, coming with a modified front end featuring Hyundai’s cascading grille and an update to the front fascia with vertical LED running lights. The model can also boast optional full LED headlights, while the Sonata Sport trim and 2.0T models also boast a mesh grille. The hood has been modified as well, while at the back the taillights have switched to the LED technology, with Sonata lettering adorning the trunk lid.

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The cabin boasts a fresh center stack, with the infotainment system now boasting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – and the audio and HVAC now have gloss black controls. There’s even a rear USB charging port, while safety is enhanced with additional systems – Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross­Traffic Alert, for example. There are also some mechanical tweaks, including new steering calibration, thicker trailing arms and new bushings. Select the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and you’ll get an eight-speed automatic – with the model arriving at dealerships later this year.