Hyundai has revealed the all-new Hyundai Sonata in pictures ahead of its global debut and the car looks ravishing, to say the least. In its 8th generation now, the Sonata was discontinued here back in 2015. The new car is designed in accordance with Hyundai’s latest Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy and it will be the first production model by the company to adopt this design language. Hyundai prefers to call the new Sonata a four-door coupe rather than an executive sedan and we have absolutely no complaints. The car looks stunning and the sloping roof line does carry a hint of coupe-inspired design element in it.
The front end looks a bit like the latest Aston Martin Vantage though, which is not a bad thing. At a glance, it can be said that the new Sonata looks very un-Hyundai like and while Hyundai has made good looking cars previously, this one takes the game to a whole new turf. Talking about the Sonata’s new design, it is based on the Le Fil Rouge concept shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. That was the time when Hyundai showcased its new design philosophy and it looks pretty good on a production vehicle. According to the Korean manufacturer, the Sensuous Sportiness design language aims to make Hyundai’s vehicles more desirable by balancing four key elements – proportion, architecture, style, and technology.
A unique and interesting element in the Sonata’s design is the new daytime running lights with Hidden Lighting Lamps. As seen in the picture above, they run all the back to the windshield and actually are two chromic lines. These lights shine brightly when turned on but blend into the design of the car when turned off. Looks like Hyundai’s was busy doing its homework all this time and the result is damn awesome.
The new headlights and grille form the major portion at the front while the rear gets new full-width taillights along with a boot lid spoiler. We love how the roof line gels with the boot, ending into the spoiler that nudges past the body.
The new Sonata has also grown in size compared to the outgoing model. It is 45 mm longer, 25 mm wider and has a 35 mm longer wheelbase. Also, the car is 30 mm lower than the previous model and this enhances its looks to a fair bit.
Moving towards the interiors, they certainly are a step up from the current generation model. Hyundai is known for making quality interiors if nothing else and the new Sonata proves that again.
The dashboard has been revamped and now features a new larger touch infotainment screen, updated climate control knobs and switches, and an electronic shifter. Satin chrome accents are present in various places like the steering wheel adorn the steering wheel and the will also come with ambient mood lighting.
Don’t set your hopes too high though, as there has been no word from Hyundai about it coming to India anytime soon. If it does, it will rival the likes of the Skoda Superb, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in its segment.