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New 2018 Hyundai Sonata: more streamlined, more sophisticated

  • Dramatic new exterior design and significantly revised interior 
  • New eight-speed automatic gearbox paired with 180kW/353Nm 2.0L turbo engine 
  • 8” Satellite navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility standard across the range
  • Advanced safety systems and Australian-tuned suspension

27 October, 2017 – The new 2018 Hyundai Sonata, featuring dramatic new exterior design, an impressive list of standard features and a new eight-speed automatic transmission paired with the turbo engine, makes its debut in Australia this month. 

Styled in Hyundai’s Irvine, California design studio under the direction of Hyundai North America Design Centre chief Mr.Chris Chapman, 2018 Sonata stands out with bold and sophisticated styling from front to rear.

.”It’s all about making an impact,” said Mr. Chapman. “We wanted to deliver an exciting, expressive car to our customers and show the world how passionate Hyundai is about design and craftsmanship. This design provides the visual excitement and unique identity our customers associate with Sonata.”

The 2018 Sonata’s new look starts with Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and sleek new headlights, and extends through a more assertive profile to a completely re-modelled tail end, featuring a clean and handsome design and slimmer rear lights.  

The Sonata range itself has also been streamlined for Australia, with the Elite variant no longer part of the model line-up; 2018 Sonata will now only be sold in Australia in Active and Premium variants.

Satellite navigation is standard across the Sonata range for the first time, with a new in-dash multimedia’s 8” touchscreen, which also incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Sonata Active is powered by the familiar 2.4L naturally-aspirated petrol engine, while the sporty Sonata Premium uses the 2.0L turbocharged petrol now matted to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Both Active and Premium continue the model’s strong reputation for comfort and performance, their driving dynamics coupled with a comprehensive suite of advanced safety and luxury offerings.

“Previous Sonata models have shown themselves to be exceptional competitors in the medium car segment and this latest version is no exception,” said Scott Grant, Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating Officer.

“With suspension tuned for Australian roads, a powerful turbo engine available in the Premium model and, of course, this striking new design, the new Sonata is now more competitive than ever.”

New exterior design maximises style and desirability
Sonata’s bold new styling aligns it with Hyundai’s design philosophy, with precise lines and distinctive styling cues creating an eye-catching look that is new from front to rear.

At the front, Sonata features the latest version of Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille, as seen on i30 and Kona, combining its bold outline with narrow headlights, a chiseled airdam and vertical Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The striking appearance at the front is further enhanced by headlights cut back into the front fenders to give a more dynamic appearance.

The changes give the car a longer, sleeker, more purposeful appearance.

Viewed from the side, Sonata has a more dramatic attitude thanks to its enlarged and more stylised boot, which is set off by new slim tail lights.

Sonata’s styling sophistication is topped-off by the discrete use of chrome trim below the grille and on the lower edge of the front spoiler, as well as around the side window frames and belt line.

Two all new alloy wheel designs are a distinctive addition to the refreshed 2018 Sonata’s new look. Sonata Active features a five spoke design with a sweeping effect, while a sportier twin-spoke design is reserved for the Premium variant.

Sonata Premium also features a unique sporty mesh grille insert, black headlamp bezels, and black highlights for DRL surrounds, lower front bumper and side mirror casings. Other visual enhancements include the use of dark chrome on the grille surrounds, waistline moulding and door handles.

A rear diffuser and dual chrome-tipped exhausts complete the Sonata Premium’s sporty appearance.

Interior enhancements for a renewed ambience

Inside, Sonata features a number of detail changes as well as a significant boost in standard equipment levels.

Switches and buttons for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls have been given a gloss black ‘piano key’ finish, the audio unit has been upgraded and the centre console’s vertical centre console has been enhanced with relocated lower switches.

Standard across the 2018 Sonata range is a new 8-inch colour touchscreen multimedia display featuring satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic updates, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Other features of the system include Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, AM/FM radio, ‘AUX’ and USB audio inputs.

Both Sonata variants feature handsome new three-spoke steering wheel designs, Premium getting a flat-bottomed wheel and unique gear knob for a sportier look. The new eight-speed automatic transmission enables drivers to choose between four drive modes – ‘Comfort’, ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Smart’. The ‘Smart’ setting adds convenience by automatically switching between the other three modes as the driver’s demands change.

Comprehensive suite of safety features
2018 Sonata builds on its reputation for safety by featuring a host of advanced safety systems and technologies including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Rear-view Camera with dynamic guide lines and four-sensor rear Park Assist System (PAS).

Sonata Premium adds Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) and four-sensor front Park Assist System.

Proven power, rewarding driving dynamics
2018 Sonata carries-over the same family of four-cylinder, gasoline direct injection (GDi) ‘Theta II’ engines from the outgoing model. Active is powered by the 2.4-litre, double overhead camshaft, 16-valve, naturally-aspirated engine which develops 138kW at 6,000rpm and 241Nm of torque at 4,000rpm.

Premium gets the turbocharged 2.0-litre, double overhead camshaft, 16-valve 2.0 T-GDi, which develops 180kW at 6,000rpm and 353Nm from 1,350rpm through to 4,000rpm.

The 2.4L GDi engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and the 2.0 T-GDi is partnered with a smooth and intuitive new eight-speed automatic gearbox. Both models now feature steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

No compromise on ride and handling
2018 Sonata retains its MacPherson Strut front and fully independent rear multi-link suspension design, combining them with Amplitude Selective Dampers.

As with all new Australian Hyundai models bar the iLoad and iMax, Sonata has its own unique-to-Australia suspension and steering tuning, developed by Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s own team of engineers through comprehensive testing on local roads.