Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted 2018 Sonata at the New York Auto Show.
Looking virtually identical to the Korean model which was introduced last month, the North American variant has a sportier front fascia with a larger grille that is flanked by LED-infused headlights.
The refreshened styling continues further back as customers will find restyled taillights, new alloy wheels, and a rear Hyundai badge that doubles as a trunk release button. The Sonata Sport and Sonata 2.0T go one step further as they are distinguished by a mesh grille, unique bumpers, and gloss black window trim.
The cabin invokes a sense of déjà vu but the company has added a revised instrument cluster, a new three-spoke steering wheel, and an updated center stack with new switchgear. Buyers will also find a second row USB charging port, an upgraded infotainment system, and an improved navigation system with a bird’s eye view feature.
On the safety front, the 2018 Sonata gains a standard Blind Spot Detection system as well as Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Certain models can also be equipped with a new Lane Departure Warning system and an improved Lane Keep Assist function.
The changes are more than skin deep as engineers installed a stiffer torsion bar and a recalibrated steering system. The company says these changes will help to improve responsiveness as well as on-center steering feel. Lastly, Hyundai modified the rear suspension by adding new bushings and thicker trailing arms to better handle heavy suspension loads.
While the company was coy on performance specifications, the automaker confirmed the Sonata 2.0T will continue to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that develops 245 hp (248 PS). However, it will now be connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission which replaces the previous six-speed unit.