2020 Hyundai Sonata Uses A New Third-Generation Platform

Shortly after the 2020 Hyundai Sonata was revealed ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 New York Auto Show on April 19, the South Korean automaker has confirmed that the new four-door coupe is underpinned by its third-generation vehicle platform.

This new platform debuts beneath the bodywork of the Sonata and will be used by future models in the Hyundai range. Hyundai says that its third-generation vehicle platform incorporates a multi-load path structure, ‘Hot Stamping’ and super-high tensile steel plate to ensure it is far superior than the outgoing platform.

Safety first

In terms of safety, the new architecture has improved energy absorption and helps to minimize collision impact into the passenger cabin. In addition, the platform is designed in such a way that the wheels move outward during a small overlap collision to improve passenger safety. This technology also helps to prevent the vehicle from spinning and being involved in potential secondary collisions.

Hyundai’s use of Hot Stamping also prevents deformation of the passenger cell.

Alongside the improvements in safety provided by the new platform, the underpinnings of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata improve performance.

One way the new platform does this is through a system designed to control the flow of air to the engine bay while improving heat dissipation. This system also enhances stability in the lower portion of the vehicle and minimizes air resistance.

Hyundai’s third-generation platform is also lighter than its predecessor and has a lower center of gravity. This allows for improved handling. Additionally, the new platform helps the 2020 Sonata achieve improved noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) performance.


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  • Arthur

    I can honestly say I never considered any previous Sonata before but if I was in the market for this class of car, this new Sonata looks miles better than the new Accord or Camry and about as nice as the Mazda 6 which is my segment favorite.

  • Leconte Dave

    Just need awd..

    • PhilMcGraw

      Just out of pure curiosity, why is AWD needed? I just wonder because I’ve seen various studies that show the difference really matters on what tires you use and that AWD doesn’t offer a whole lot more than FWD in terms of being able to use it in snowy or rainy environments.

      I know AWD helps with acceleration in slippery environments but that’s about it.

      • Jason Miller

        Agreed. Everyone’s always begging for AWD, but for what? If you don’t live where it snows, it’s of no use to you. It also adds weight to the car and decreases fuel mileage.

      • Bespin

        AWD means lame tire replacement problems KISS


    i hope awd and new engines will be confirmed

    • KRogers86

      There has been a rumor that the next generation Optima will offer AWD. If that’s true, hopefully it’ll be offered on the next Sonata as well.


        Yea, if the Optima gets it, then i’m sure the sonata will get as well

    • NWxSW

      New engines are a must. The current NA 4cyl that is the base engine in most of Hyundai’s lineup has not only been the cause of multiple massive recalls, but was never very good at anything since it debuted as the much derided ‘world engine that. Time to leave the Chrysler and Mitsu roots behind. It’s hard to think of a worse engine that makes up the backbone of a fleet (except maybe Chrysler’s own use of the world engine).


        dude, Hyundai been planning on making new engines before those recalls. That’s why it’s not confirmed for this new one yet

    • KRogers86


      There’s a shot of three variations of this platform at the end of the video (Fuel Cell, I.C.E, and Fully Electric). The platform in the middle appears to have a drive shaft running down the middle of it. This may be an indication that AWD will be offered in the next Sonata/Optima.

  • atomiccow

    Achieving such great proportions and form on a FWD platform… Dang, this is making my Stinger look bad.

  • Alberto Barrales

    This car is truly a good looker except for that mustache trim on the front bumper. Interior is great looking also. Will definitively consider when I’m ready to get a new car.

  • TheBelltower

    This will be like every other Sonata. People will love it at first because it’s new. But the design is truly awful and the engines will probably still sound as refined as marbles in a coffee can.

    • KRogers86

      People didn’t like the current Sonata when it came out. Many considered it a huge downgrade.

      • TheBelltower

        I’ll agree that the current one is not as distinctive as the previous Sonata. They’ve overcorrected with latest one.

      • Salih Ahzem

        It drove much better though and much quieter too.

  • Dennis Scipio

    The car’s looks are starting to grow on me, but that steering wheel design, particuarly the bottom two spokes look unattractive to me.

    • NWxSW

      Would look better if they just deleted the bottom two spokes.

    • Kagan

      I agree

  • S3XY

    – Has an engine
    – Burns Dinosaur fuels from 66 million years ago

    No consideration.

    • danno

      But you needed to post here and crap on the product. smh

    • Enter Ranting

      If every car with an engine were to magically turn into an electric car, we’d have to burn an insane amount of “dinosaur fuel” to provide electricity to charge those cars. So until we have the ability to produce much more clean electricity, there are going to be gas-powered cars.

    • Bespin

      LOL plug it in then and wait 30 minutes BTW electricity is not free
      Im so buying this car

    • baofe

      – Creates a beta program, proceeds to releases it to the public
      – Takes 8 hours to fully charge on a lv 2 charger (installation also cost $$)
      – Get into a small fender bender, take 9 months to repair at only specific body shops

      No consideration.

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  • Kagan

    Please Hyandai, give us a sporty 6 shifter and manual handbrake!

  • Ricki Boo

    this is one of the coolest car-tech videos ever made. yowza.

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