Monday, February 27, 2017

2018 Hyundai Sonata to adopt sporty look

Hyundai is definitely on a roll. Having just launched its Genesis luxury brand, the automaker’s bread and butter models are now in the process of being renewed. 

We just saw the impressive redesign of the Elantra GT at the 2017 Chicago auto show, and soon Hyundai will introduce a sporty-looking update for its Sonata.

Teaser sketches posted to Hyundai’s social media sites give us a taste of what some of the updates will be. The sketches depict the standard Sonata as well as the sporty Sonata Turbo and include the current-generation versions of both to highlight the differences.  (The current Sonata Turbo is sold in the United States as the Sonata Sport 2.0T.)

The designers have adopted the handsome look of smaller Elantra and Accent for the updated Sonata, including almost identical treatments for the lights and grille. Expect some tweaks inside, too.

It’s not clear what mechanical updates are planned. We’ve heard that Hyundai might replace the current model’s 6-speed automatic with a new 8-speeder. We also know that the Hyundai N performance division is developing a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4, so perhaps a version of this engine could feature in the updated Sonata Turbo/Sonata Sport 2.0T.

The updated Sonata will be unveiled later this year, as a 2018 model. Though yet to be confirmed, a debut at the 2017 New York auto show this April is a strong possibility.

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