Additional details about the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata are continuing to trickle out and two new global engines have just been announced for the mid-size sedan.
The South Korean car manufacturer says that customers outside of Korea, will have a 1.6-liter T-GDI engine and a 2.5-liter GDI engine to choose from. The first of these Smartstream engines produces a total of 180 hp (134 kw) and 194 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque while the larger 2.5-liter GDI offers up 190 hp (142 kw) and 180 lb-ft (245 Nm) of torque. Both engines are mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
It was revealed last week that new Sonata models sold in Korea will be offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 158 hp and a hybrid 2.0-liter four-pot with 144 hp. Hyundai hasn’t specified exactly which markets will receive the aforementioned 1.6-liter and 2.5-liter powertrains, meaning we don’t yet have confirmation as to what engines North American buyers can expect.
Beyond announcing a pair of new powertrains, Hyundai has detailed a selection of the innovative technologies found within the 2020 Sonata. These include a ‘Digital Key’ which uses Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing owners to lock and unlock the vehicle with their smartphone. Various other functions can be performed through the Digital Key.
Elsewhere, we now know that the new Sonata comes complete with advanced driving systems which meet the standard for Level 2 automation. Included among these systems is Forward Collision-Avoidance, Safety Exit Assist, Blind-Spot View Monitor, Lane Follow Assist, Surround View Monitor, Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Remote Smart Parking Assist.
Hyundai didn’t just work hard in designing an eye-catching exterior for the new car but also spent considerable time crafting a more appealing interior. Found within the new Sonata is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster while a separate 10.3-inch HD screen is found in the center of the dashboard to control infotainment functions. The 2020 Sonata also comes equipped with a Bose Premium sound system with 12 speakers which utilizes the Bose Centerpoint and Bose SurroundStage technologies to ensure all occupants get the best possible audio experience.
As we’ve mentioned previously, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata is underpinned by the company’s third-generation vehicle platform. This new architecture offers improved safety and helps to better the sedan’s driving dynamics.
We have reached out to Hyundai to see what engines North American buyers will receive and will get back to once we find out more.