Hyundai unveiled the all-new 2020 Sonata earlier this month and prior to the vehicle’s global premiere at April’s New York Auto Show, we have the first videos of the vehicle, including one from Asian Petrolhead on YouTube who had the opportunity to check out the new sedan up-close.
Underpinning the new Sonata is Hyundai’s third-generation vehicle platform. This platform debuts in the Sonata and will be used by a number of other Hyundai models moving forward.
Compared to the outgoing platform, these new underpinnings offer improved safety thanks to better energy absorption while also helping to minimize collision impacts into the passenger cabin. The new platform is also said to play a role in the latest Sonata’s improved driving dynamics.
In terms of the car’s exterior design, it is a radical step on from the previous-generation model. The front-end is dominated by a revised fascia and a pair of LED daytime running lights which stretch up over the hood. When these lights aren’t switched on, they simply look like pieces of chrome trim.
The rear of the new Sonata is also dramatically different than the old model and is dominated by lobster-claw taillights as well as an LED strip connecting the lights. All up, the new model is 30 mm (1.2-inch) lower than the outgoing model, 25 mm (1-inch) wider and enjoys a 35 mm (1.4-inch) longer wheelbase.
Hyundai also spent a considerable amount of time making the Sonata’s interior feel much nicer. There are slim HVAC vents, a fully-digital gauge cluster, and an infotainment screen with capacitive touch buttons.
Two powertrains in Korea
In its home market of Korea, Hyundai is offering the new Sonata with two powertrains at launch. The first one is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine delivering 160PS (158hp) with a combined fuel economy of 11.7km/l (8.5 l/100km or 27.5mpg US) and the other a hybrid with a 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 146PS (144hp), not including the electric motor.