September 21, 2023


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Hyundai Sonata: Camry competitor debuts new Robocop face

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The 2024 Hyundai Sonata has been revealed on-line forward of a full detailing on the Seoul Mobility Present on March 30.

As a result of land in Australia throughout the second half of 2023, the facelifted Sonata dons a brand new tackle the model’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language, with a particular entrance finish that intently resembles different new fashions from the Korean model – e.g. the Staria MPV and Kona SUV.

The entrance LED gentle bar is dubbed the ‘Seamless Horizon Lamp’, as it’s on different new Hyundai merchandise, and the headlight clusters are actually separated and additional down from the daytime operating gentle strip.

An identical motif is replicated on the rear, with a full-width tail gentle bar headlining a spread of rear design modifications which Hyundai says emphasise the Sonata’s “high-tech picture”.

General the Sonata presents a extra aggressive, futuristic look in comparison with its predecessor, significantly in N Line guise that builds upon the tailpipe-shaped trims of the usual mannequin with a quad-tipped exhaust remedy, including to the ducktail-type spoiler lip.

New alloy wheel designs additionally function, ranging as much as 19 inches in diameter. The high-spec fashions depicted within the press equipment seem to have contemporary machine-face designs.

Inside, the Sonata’s cockpit has obtained equally important revisions, each when it comes to the general design in addition to the tech and trimmings, and encompasses a extra horizontal theme.

New for 2024 are twin 12.3-inch shows which can be mixed within the one curved housing, a primary for the Hyundai model. The brand new steering wheel options the model’s new dotted brand design, which is morse code for ‘H’.

A improvement of the digitised HVAC controls retains rotary dials for adjusting the temperature, although different features transfer to a Genesis-style contact panel show which Hyundai says “boosts the high-tech vibe”.

Different headlining modifications embody a column-type shift-by-wire selector, liberating up extra space within the centre console. Hyundai debuted this fashion of drugs shifter in its Ioniq electrical automobiles.

The Korean model says the centre console encompasses a palm relaxation that enhances consolation by “extending the armrest to lean as much as the palm of the hand”; whereas the brand new cupholder and tray unit within the centre console carry added storage and comfort.

Whereas not detailed on this early media launch, it’s anticipated the Sonata will carry new options and applied sciences like over-the-air (OTA) software program updates, and augmented actuality (AR) navigation as we’ve seen within the new Kona in addition to different new fashions within the Hyundai and Genesis stables.

Drivetrains are anticipated be up to date variations of the present set, together with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo, a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol, a 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid, in addition to the N Line’s 213kW/422Nm 2.5-litre turbocharged 4. At the moment, solely the flagship N Line is obtainable in Australia.

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