The eighth generation of the Hyundai Sonata is expected to reach the international markets by the end of 2017. However, it is expected to roll out in the Indian market not before the second half of 2018.
First launched in 1985, the Hyundai Sonata has seen seven generations prior to this. Hyundai had earlier discontinued the sales of Sonata in India in 2015 due to poor sales. However, the eighth gen model of the Sonata, which is expected to get some important upgradation, is expected to be released in the Indian market.
Hyundai Sonata is a luxury sedan, which, with the upgraded features, is expected to be received well in the Indian market considering. The latest model will get some styling as well as mechanical upgrades. Hyundai has not yet unveiled the product, but the spy images of it being tested on the roads are available. It gets a better design, modern features and improved performance in comparison to the discontinued version.
If you are looking to buy a luxury sedan, Hyundai Sonata is definitely an option to look forward to. Here’s a sneak peek of the features it would be getting.
The design of the new Sonata will be based on Hyundai’s 2.0 Fluidic sculpture, which has been used most of the recent products coming from the brand. This design philosophy provides a fluidic aesthetic and a premium ambience to the car with a modern look. The next-gen model comes with a stronger looking front fascia with a chrome-outlines hexagonal front grille and LED projector headlamps with daytime running LED lamps. The side profile looks neat with flawless body line. However, the most important improvement in terms of design can be seen in its roofline, which is now sloping down seamlessly into the boot. The rear of the model compliments well to the classy design with re-designed tail-lamps, a spoiler, a rear diffuser and a larger rear bumper.
The new 2018 Hyundai Sonata’s interior is expected to get some minor changes along with theaddition of some modern features. Its premium look is expected to be retained, finished finely with the high-quality materials. The spacious sedan will be offering leather-wrapped seats with lumbar support for electrical adjustments. The front and rear seats will provide comfortable headroom, legroom and knee-room to the occupants for a comfortable long journey. The size of the boot is comprehensively large to accommodate a lot of luggage.
The glossy black dashboard looks neat and will feature an integrated 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPLay and Android Auto. The three spoke steering wheel is expected to be wrapped in high-quality leather and will support voice commands. Other features include reverse parking camera, audio system with 9-speakers, media navigation system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity options, Push Button Start, keyless entry, etc. as standard. Safety features will include ABS, smart cruise control with start and stop button, ECS and airbags.
Hyundai India is yet to disclose the power system of the model, but we can definitely expect a better performance. The Indian-spec model is expected to receive a significant change under the hood. It is expected to feature a 2.0-litre turbo-four petrol engine to produce a maximum power output of 245 bhp against a peak torque of 260 Nm and the engine will be paired to a new 8-speed automatic gearbox. The model will also feature the option of a 1.6-litre and 2.4-litre petrol engines. The former will generate a maximum power output of 178 bhp, while the latter will produce a maximum power output of 185 bhp. The transmission option for both the engines includes a 6-speed automatic gearbox, while a 7-speed dual-clutch autobox will also be available. The hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models can also be introduced in the lineup later.
The 8th generation of the Hyundai Sonata will be positioned above the Elantra in the company’s lineup and is most likely to be priced in the range of Rs. 19 lakh to Rs. 23 lakh (ex-showroom). It will face a strong competition from the likes of Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Optima, once goes on sale.
The 2015 Sonata was a promising sedan, hence, the expectations are high with the facelifted version. Hyundai seems to have worked on the faults of the previous models and is expected to offer a better performance with new engine options, revised suspension and better transmission. Hence, be ready to witness the Sonata in an all new avatar.