The refreshed Sonata has been presented at home in South Korea, making its official debut following a very short teaser campaign – with the midsize sedan going through some extensive revisions.
The design has been significantly updated, using the carmaker’s latest styling language that premiered with the newly introduced i30 (shown as a wagon in Geneva) and Elantra. The facelifted Sonata comes with a bigger and subtly reshaped grille, surrounded by elongated headlights. The front bumper has also been modified with bigger air intakes and vertical LED driving lamps, while the rear features a different design for the LED taillights with sophisticated graphics, big Sonata lettering and the Hyundai badge making up the trunk release button. A new choice of exterior colors is also available, alongside new 17- and 18-inch wheels.
For the home market, Hyundai has all trim levels packing a standard seven-inch display or an optional eight-inch screen – both featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and there’s also a wireless charging station, new leather steering wheel, additional USB sockets for the rear passengers, and new trim. It will go out and about with the same 1.6- and а 2.0-liter turbo engines – the latter getting a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Safety is well represented with Lane Departure Warning assisted by a Lane Keep Assist function, High Beam Assist and Dynamic Bending Lights, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.