While the medium size sedan segment is usually one of the most conservatively styled areas of the automotive landscape, Hyundai has broken away from this somewhat with the inclusion of large S-O-N-A-T-A lettering across the rear, similar to that seen on the HSV Senator.
However, besides the rear end badging the Sonata's overall appearance is fairly tame, with smooth, sweeping lines with dollops of chrome and the sprinkling LED light, the 17-inch allow wheels - with the option to upsize to 18s - and the brand's signature 'cascading grille' help give the Sonata an inoffensive, pleasant look.
Hyundai have given the inside a once-over with a new seven-inch touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a new three-spoke steering wheel. This steering wheel is uprated to a flat bottom version for the range-topping Sonata Turbo variant that also scores a sporty gear knob with four driving modes; Comfort, Eco, Sport and Smart, the latter switches between the other three modes depending on the driver's style of driving.
An increased safety suite will also be offered with options including lane departure warning with lane keep assist, auto high beam, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
Engines remain the same with the current 138kW/241Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 180kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit - but the latter now comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing and exact local specification will be revealed closer to the Hyundai Sonata arriving in local showrooms in the middle of 2017. Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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