2018 Hyundai Sonata Tries To Hide Its Fresh Face In The Snow

Hyundai just rolled out the current Sonata about three years ago. That might not seem like very long, but in a market segment as competitive as mass-market, mid-size sedans, that’s long enough for one model to go stale.

So the Korean automaker is apparently planning to roll out a mid-cycle facelift for the Sonata, and here we have our first glimpse at what to expect.

Spied undergoing cold-weather testing, this prototype is still quite heavily camouflaged. But it appears that the refresh will revolve principally around the front- and rear-end styling, so we’re told to expect new light graphics and bumpers at both ends, and a fresh grille on the snout.

We can anticipate some interior updates as well, both in terms of styling and trim, and the infotainment technology that’s constantly advancing to make aging cars as obsolete as an old smartphone.

The Sonata is currently offered with an array of increasingly assisted engines – including an inline-four, turbo four, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. Those powertrain options are likely to carry over largely unchanged, but a new eight-speed automatic will make anything it’s mated to that much smoother and more efficient.

Look for the updated 2018 Hyundai Sonata to launch sometime later this year.

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  • kachuks

    A return to the fluidic design of the previous gen would help, and less of whatever the heck they did with the current model.

    • bd

      The previous Sonata was overly busy up front, something more in lines with the current Elantra or Tucson would be better.



  • Edumcris

    What is a Hyundai Sontata?

    Agreed with other posters, the Sonata lost its charm/distinctiveness with the current generation. The previous generation (which I did not personally like), was something that make the car stand out. If you cannot make a car that is really better than the competition, unless make it look special. Why bother buying a generic Hyundai, if you could buy a generic Honda or Toyota, which are establishments in this segment?

    • Althea Later

      I agree…. what is the point of buying a knockoff, unless it’s better.I do like the current Sonata though. I like the interior clean lines and the seats… and the height adjustable passenger seat that Honda and many others do not offer at any price.

    • baofe

      I feel as if it’s a stepping stone for Hyundai and Kia. They first started out creating something extreme so that it can generate alot of hype and money whilst the current gen is a learning phase for the company to actually make something reliable and solid like the competition albeit a bit boring. I don’t know about the next phase but I really hope Hyundai continues the unique styling trend and not become just another appliance.

      • Six_Tymes

        i agree, it needs a stand out style. as for as your comment “just another appliance”. no matter what it looks like, it will remain to be just that, just like every other car.

  • Althea Later

    Ughhhhhh looks like a freaking Civic!!!
    Another car that looks like a hatchback. But isn’t!

  • Dennis Scipio

    They’re trying to go for that large Elantra grille.

  • Six_Tymes

    Hyundai, what ever this looks like keep the costs down. your dealers don’t budge.

  • no25

    The previous generation was so nice. I don’t understand why the design of the current one took such a step back. Hopefully, this facelift will fix that, but so far I see a giant Elantra.

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