Unveiled three years ago, the current generation of the Hyundai Sonata was due for a refresh. For the 2018 model year, Hyundai’s invested heavily in a significant facelift for the car, fast-forwarding its exterior shell into the present.
The emphasis is on making a statement in a segment with ever shrinking appeal, especially when compared to booming CUVs. With this in mind, Hyundai’s designers in Irvine, California went for bust working out a new shape and stance for the car.
The new front-end is most eye catching. The larger, flowing molten-lava inspired (they do make their own steel after all) “cascading grille” blends beautifully with the new narrower headlamps. Attention was also given to the rear where the license plate has been lowered into the bumper, clearing the trunk lid and creating a lovely clean open space. Said trunk lid also incorporates what could be referred to as an integrated spoiler. It’s quite nice, to say the least.
The cabin also receives a few touch-ups, namely a revised center console and some classier piano-black switchgear. Technology and safety are very prominent for the 2018 model year what with the addition of nearly countless active and passive safety features along with connectivity everything and available wireless charging.
Mechanical changes are very limited and, in fact, are limited to the Turbo version gains an 8-speed automatic transmission that should improve fuel economy and acceleration numbers.
The 2018 Sonata arrives in Canadian dealership showrooms this summer. The Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are unchanged for the 2018 model year from 2017.