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Old 17th August 2016, 12:30   #1
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The refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata has been caught on camera in the Mojave desert in the US, apparently on a testing run for the very first time.

Sporting a new front grille with elongated horizontal slats and redesigned headlights with vertical LED lights lower down, the 2018 Sonata will reportedly be offered in a sporty trim as well which has a black mesh grille with a different lower fascia, differently-styled blackened alloys and trapezoidal exhaust pipes to distinguish itself from the regular version.

Both versions, on the testing run together, apparently have redesigned taillights. Any other changes to the rear section is not clearly distinguishable.

It is being assumed that the 2018 Sonata's sporty trim will be equipped with the Hyundai i30 N's turbocharged 2.0L heart, which pumps out more than 260HP of sheer power, while the regular Sonata will have a 2.0L, 245HP version under it's hood.

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A couple of low-res pictures of the Sonata facelift for South Korea:

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More photos of the upcoming facelifted 2018 Hyundai Sonata.

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Hyundai says that the interior of the refreshed Sonata feels much more premium than the car it replaces and is bathed in a number of unique finishes and accents. Included in these are plastic elements which mimic the look of silver carbon fiber and numerous leather components with premium stitching.

Perhaps one of the most practical new elements of the 2018 Sonata is its trunk release. Rather than having to open up the trunk with an ugly latch, all you have to do is press on the central Hyundai badge and the trunk will open electronically. Its a nifty and functional feature.

When the new Sonata hits the Korean market, it will be offered with four different engines. These will consist of a 1.7-liter VGT with 139 hp, a 1.6-liter T-GDI delivering 177 hp, a 160 hp 2.0-liter and a 241 hp 2.0-liter turbo.

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Looks "not good", in my view and I'm being very generous when I'm saying that. Its an executive, comfort based sedan and it has to be a bit more traditional, a little bulky and old fashioned. That wrap-around headlamp/tail-lamp concept is being overused and will be the end of their design division at this rate.

Truth is the current designs of Sonata and Elantra have been royally rejected by Americans, their erstwhile fluidic designs flew off the shelves there and the subsequent watered down versions dropped a significant percentage in demand, Hyundai is doing a knee-jerk reaction by AGAIN changing the styling in under 2 years to their gimmicky cascading grille and raking, looooong tail-lamps, its not going to do well, I can say it with confidence, no one is going to call it a beautiful car.

This however :

There is a reason they sold by the hundreds of thousands.
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^Absolutely. The Neo Fluidic Elantra remains one of my all time favourite "regular" car designs. Even when I see one today, I feel like getting in one. Just the right mods and it can be made to look spectacularly sporty as well. Every single panel looks like it was made to flow. The new one however is just...meh.

Just look at 'em <3

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Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted 2018 Sonata at the New York Auto Show.

Looking virtually identical to the Korean model which was introduced last month, the North American variant has a sportier front fascia with a larger grille that is flanked by LED-infused headlights.

The refreshened styling continues further back as customers will find restyled taillights, new alloy wheels, and a rear Hyundai badge that doubles as a trunk release button. The Sonata Sport and Sonata 2.0T go one step further as they are distinguished by a mesh grille, unique bumpers, and gloss black window trim.

The cabin invokes a sense of déjà vu but the company has added a revised instrument cluster, a new three-spoke steering wheel, and an updated center stack with new switchgear. Buyers will also find a second row USB charging port, an upgraded infotainment system, and an improved navigation system with a bird’s eye view feature.

On the safety front, the 2018 Sonata gains a standard Blind Spot Detection system as well as Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Certain models can also be equipped with a new Lane Departure Warning system and an improved Lane Keep Assist function.

The changes are more than skin deep as engineers installed a stiffer torsion bar and a recalibrated steering system. The company says these changes will help to improve responsiveness as well as on-center steering feel. Lastly, Hyundai modified the rear suspension by adding new bushings and thicker trailing arms to better handle heavy suspension loads.

While the company was coy on performance specifications, the automaker confirmed the Sonata 2.0T will continue to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that develops 245 hp (248 PS). However, it will now be connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission which replaces the previous six-speed unit.
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