Hyundai is gearing up for a 2024 update to its Sonata mid-size sedan, showcasing a bold new exterior design that aligns with recent redesigns seen in models like the Kona crossover, Staria van, and Grandeur sedan. Departing from the previous Sonata model that debuted in 2020, the revamped appearance carries a distinct futuristic edge.
At first glance, the front of the Sonata boasts a striking full-width LED light strip that spans its width, accompanied by redefined grille and headlight designs. On the rear end, taillights incorporate a similar light strip, and the lower fascia displays a more assertive profile. Hyundai has presented both the standard version and the sportier N Line variant, each featuring fresh wheel designs. The N Line distinguishes itself with 19-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and dual exhaust tips. Furthermore, the updated color palette introduces new shades like Biophilic Blue Pearl, Ultimate Red Metallic, and Cream Beige.
Inside the Sonata, the notable transformations are centered around a consolidated curved display housing two expansive 12.3-inch screens. Noteworthy dashboard elements, including climate controls, have been repositioned, and improved materials enhance the overall interior ambiance. A novel steering wheel design and the relocation of the gearshift to the steering column contribute to a more streamlined center console. Hyundai also reports structural enhancements aimed at enhancing noise reduction, vibration isolation, and overall driving comfort.
Regarding the powertrain lineup, the primary alteration is the discontinuation of the optional turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four engine. Otherwise, the range includes the same power options as before: a naturally aspirated 191-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-four engine for the base model, a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four generating 290 horsepower for the N Line edition, and a hybrid setup producing 192 horsepower. While comprehensive specifications are still pending, it is anticipated that these horsepower figures will remain largely consistent for the upcoming 2024 model.
More in-depth details about the Sonata’s enhancements are expected to be revealed in the near future, with specific U.S. specifications becoming available over the next few months.
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