2020 Hyundai Sonata Confirmed For New York Show, Gets Digital Key

Hyundai has announced the 2020 Sonata will celebrate its North American debut at the New York Auto Show next month.

The automaker didn’t say much about the car, but several images have recently surfaced online. They show the family sedan will feature a bold new design which takes inspiration from the Le Fil Rouge concept that was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The front of the Sonata will be dominated by a wide grille that is somewhat reminiscent of the one used on the 2019 Elantra. It will be flanked by slender air intakes and distinctively shaped headlights.

The unique styling will continue further back as the Sonata will have prominent character lines and pronounced wheel arches. The Sonata will also have distinctive taillights and a truck with an integrated rear spoiler.

While Hyundai wasn’t ready to talk about styling or powertrain details, the automaker did confirm the Sonata will have a smartphone-based digital key. Owners can download a smartphone app and then use it to unlock and start the vehicle.

This is done using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and Hyundai says the Sonata will come equipped with three NFC antennas.  One will be located in each front door handle, while the third is integrated into the wireless charging pad in the center console.

The digital key also saves the user’s preferences, so the car will automatically adjust the position of the driver’s seat,steering wheel and mirrors. It will also setup the infotainment system and head-up display according to their tastes.

The Sonata will be able to recognize up to four different digital keys and owners will be available to provide other users with different levels of access. For example, the company says couriers could be given temporary access to open the trunk to drop off a package. The company also envisions the digital key could be used as part of a car-sharing program.

Following its debut on the Sonata, the digital key will gradually spread to new vehicles. There’s no word on which model will receive the technology next, but Hyundai’s Ho Yoo said “The digital key will benefit a very wide range of future Hyundai customers, as well as enabling innovative new schemes for vehicle sharing.”

  • cGmc11

    With the passage of time the Hyundai sedans are getting uglier … it seems that they are looking for the perfect excuse to stop making them like Ford and dedicated solely on SUV.

    • Dude

      They’ve said that they’re dedicated to cars, to the point where their sales for the past few years have been disappointing in the US because they don’t have enough SUVS (HK is quickly playing catch up with the Palisade, Telluride, and GV80)

      • Andrewthecarguy

        …and doing a good job at it. me thinks. They managed to launch some nice SUVs and this new Sonata looks good.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      That’s your opinion dude, they’re not going to follow like these american brands that is about to be bankrupt.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        “american brands that is about to be bankrupt.”

        LOL. Silly child.

        Ford and GM are two of the world’s largest automakers. About to go bankrupt? No they aren’t.

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          You’re not really smart, aren’t you, my obsessed stalker? Because your weak trolling keeps getting mauled by me and now you’re commenting on everything i post on here. You libtards are one sick individuals and you really need a life.

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            1. You are the only person who upvotes your own comments here.

            The only other people that do are from BRAND NEW profiles with no comments that are created by you.

            2. I pointed out that you were wrong, and you’ve provided nothing to refute that.

            3. Why do you keep on calling me a libtard? I’ve asked you why you do this multiple times but you never answer. Do you think that is an insult? What does being liberal have to do with anything, let alone someone disagreeing with you?

            4. I’ll continue to comment on your posts because they are factually incorrect and borderline incoherent due to you not having a grasp on the English language.

            5. I find you absolutely disgusting due to your hatred of gays, women, feminists, and the entire LBGT community. Your intolerance is astounding.

            You’ve “mauled” nothing.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            1. “You are the only person who upvotes your own comments here.”

            Is this what your revolve about because some bystander is upvoting their own comments, which seems to trigger your sensitive nerves a lot.

            “The only other people that do are from BRAND NEW profiles with no comments that are created by you.”

            I don’t create accounts to get these upvotes. Again, you need to stop stalking people and get a life. Are you mentally unstable or something?

            2. “I pointed out that you were wrong, and you’ve provided nothing to refute that.”

            Wrong about what? You clearly can’t see anything because you’re a selfish troll that disagrees with everyone’s opinions and facts.

            3. “Why do you keep on calling me a libtard? I’ve asked you why you do this multiple times but you never answer. Do you think that is an insult? What does being liberal have to do with anything, let alone someone disagreeing with you?”

            Stop playing dumb. You know you are one and I don’t need to explain that to you like you don’t like to answer mine. Since you claim to be the know it all, how about you think that for yourself.

            4. I’ll continue to comment on your posts because they are factually incorrect and borderline incoherent due to you not having a grasp on the English language.

            So this is what your life revolves because no one gives attention irl? Got it. No friends, no family, no girlfriend or nothing.

            5.”I find you absolutely disgusting due to your hatred of gays, women, feminists, and the entire LBGT community. Your intolerance is astounding.

            You’ve “mauled” nothing.”

            But you don’t hate pedos that is among the LGBTQ community? You are sick being, i swear. You literally can’t come anything besides making up false accusation. You kid, is one lonely failed troll that continues to get mauled by me.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Agreed. This here is a flop in the making.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Well I was VERY wrong about this. Looks much better in the launch photos and I think it will look even better in the flesh.

  • Bash

    Not bad.

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Since the dismissal Peter Schreyer being head design of this Korean company, Hyundai and maybe KIA vehicles will dwindle back to the golden egg era of being an ugly duck and plain Jane with its design philosophy like the current Elantra and Genesis G90.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      Stop your trolling. They hadn’t even released the design of this couple looking car and yet, you’re still trolling.

      • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        You have just made it to the block list alongside with this ugly Hyundai!

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          -hurt troll got destroyed

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            You upvoted your own comment again.

            No one else does this.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Get a life and stop being trigger by me, idiot

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            You upvoted your own comment, yet again.

            Here, let me help you since you still can’t put a sentence together to save your life:

            “Get a life and stop being trigger by me, idiot”

            Get a life, and stop being triggered by me. Idiot.

            That has proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure. You can’t call others an idiot if you are one yourself.

          • I Retired Tina_Dang ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I blocked that fool before I totally eradicate him.

  • charlotteharry57

    I was hoping for this one to make it to NY! I just hope that Hyundai recalls the fiasco that has since ensued with the 2011 radical new Sonata. They spent all their resources on radical styling and forgot quality control, leaving the ’11-’14 Sonatas some of the most reviled vehicles on the used car market.

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Another abysmal looking Hyundai!

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      -can’t even afford one

    • You need glasses. This is an awesome looking car, exterior and interior.

      • Navy P. Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Absolute ugly!

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