2020 Hyundai Sonata Comes To America As A Four-Door Coupe For The Masses

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata has arrived in New York ahead of its launch later this year.

Sporting a new “Sensuous Sportiness” design language, the 2020 Sonata is a radical looking four-door coupe which shares a number of styling cues with the Le Fil Rouge concept.

The front end is dominated by a low and wide “digital pulse cascading grille.” It is flanked by slender headlights which feature distinctive LED daytime running lights. Designers incorporated a unique feature here as the chrome stripes, that run down the sides of the vehicle, have LED lights embed into them. Dubbed “hidden lighting lamps,” the strips appear chrome when the vehicle is off but illuminate when the car is started.

The distinctive styling continues further back as the Sonata has flowing bodywork and pronounced character lines which continue all the way to the taillights. The latter are connected by LED strip and curve at the top to match the shape of the integrated rear spoiler.

The sleek styling isn’t just for looks as Hyundai says the Sonata has a drag coefficient of just 0.27. The model also has a flat underbody cover and a “range of body enhancements – including small fins across each taillight – that help keep the car fuel efficient, as well as stable.”

More premium styling inside

The unique styling continues in the cabin as drivers will find a distinctive steering wheel, an upholstered dashboard and ambient lighting. The model also has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The center console is dominated by a new shift by wire gear selector. It features four different buttons and Hyundai says it takes up “significantly less space than a traditional gear selector.”

Full details will be announced closer to launch, but the 2020 Sonata will be offered with a wide range of options. These include heated / ventilated front seats, a wireless smartphone charger and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system. Customers will also be able to order a panoramic glass sunroof, a head-up display and a larger 10.25-inch infotainment system.

Sonata gets techy

One of the most interesting features is the Sonata’s new digital key. Owners can download a dedicated smartphone app – on Android devices – and then use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to unlock the vehicle. Each car will also come with a NFC card which effectively does the same thing.

The digital key is more than just a gimmick as it allows owners to easily share their vehicle with family and friends. As an example, children could be given access to the car for a preset period of time. If they misbehave, you can revoke their access remotely.

Speaking of technology, the 2020 Sonata comes with three years of complimentary Blue Link service. It allows owners to remotely lock/unlock doors and start the vehicle while also warming or cooling the interior. The service also includes a stolen vehicle recovery function – among other things.

Plenty of safety features too

Like many newer vehicles, the Sonata comes equipped with an assortment of driver assistance systems. Standard features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Advanced Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go. The model can also be outfitted with Lane Following Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist and a Surround-View Monitor. There’s also a Blind-Spot View Monitor, Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Remote Smart Parking Assist. The latter allows Sonata owners to ‘drive’ their car in and out of parking spaces using a smart key.

Two available engines for America

Under the hood, the 2020 Sonata will be available with two different engines. First up is a turbocharged 1.6-liter that produces 180 hp (134 kW / 183 PS) and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which enables the sedan to return to an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 31 mpg combined.

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Customers can also opt for a 2.5-liter engine that produces 191 hp (142 kW / 194 PS) and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm) of torque. This engine is also paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but it has a slightly higher fuel economy estimate of 33 mpg combined.

The 2020 Sonata will go into production in Alabama this fall and U.S. sales are slated to begin in October.

*Article updated with live images from New York

 

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  • lapirk

    i have never used this word to describe a car but this really is DISGUSTING

    • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

      *Mild attractive

  • PK

    finally that tacky orange light isn’t glued to the front of the head lamps! it looks so much better on the side!

  • charlotteharry57

    I’m OK with this car, but, like all Sonatas that came before it, Hyundai claims real competition for the Camcordtima. Fantasy, again. Sales might be a bit higher than currently (after early adopters get their fill). Want to see specs. Bet the trunk lost a lot of volume.

  • ctk4949

    Interior and rear end looks good. But that front end, meh. Maybe a mesh grille would look better??

  • ME

    I guess AWD will be available at a later date?

    • charlotteharry57

      No mention of it now or in the future.

    • diesel_vdub

      Current model is not available with AWD in the US. It’s really not needed.

  • Darius Fontenette

    I hope the grille on the Korean spec model will be offered here. 🙁

  • charlie bear

    The interior is good but the car design is so ugly, 2010-2014 model is way much better looking than this. Why Hyundai is insisting on this ugly grille. First the Elantra, then this. So disappointed!!

    • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

      Nothing wrong with it. Stop over exaggerating it

  • SteersUright

    I think they did a great job, silver hood stripe aside. I hope it shows itself to drive really well too, as all the reviews for the Accord reveal it to be an excellent and tough competitor.

  • Bash

    I have to check it out at the showroom

  • charlotteharry57

    Unreported in this article is that they are planning an N-Line Sonata, with at least 275hp, in the future. Also a hybrid. Probably both for the ’21 model year. So that explains why the 2.0L Turbo isn’t anywhere to be found. I thought it was ditched because it, and the 2.4, were the subjects of the engine fires.

  • disqus_6AHa0ycWUI

    This car in the front, is really really ultra extremely offensively ugly

  • Toronado_II

    Looks premium, but I can’t stand that front grill.

    These small engines are for the average customer.
    Maybe a N version will be available with AWD and a bigger engine…

  • iion

    This grille is ugly and the stripes are weird.

  • Joe E

    Disappointing…these new pics give a better idea of the styling than the previous pics did. And it looks like it has LOTS of awkward angles. It looked much better in the candid spy shots! The front end looks awful in Pic 6. I can’t believe they released that as official pic.

    Does the styling of this remind anyone else of the Gen-2 Tiburon?

    Also, that steering wheel looks dowdy and like it belongs on a minivan IMO.

    • Nordschleife

      I see a little of that Gen 2 Tiburon you speak of.

  • Stephen G

    The profile is stunning. However…Toyota went Big Mouth Bass with their grilles…Hyundai appears to be going Catfish. Also two-tone interior?

  • getoffme

    Ugly.

  • bd0007

    How is the “4-door coupe” thing anything new?

    The Sonata from 2 gens ago was deemed a “4-door coupe”.

    Anyhow, the KDM front clip is more elegant.

  • THE RED CAR HAS THE BLINKER FLUID VENTS ON THE SIDE AND ON THE GRAY THEY’RE MOVED TO THE FRONT. DECISION, DECISIONS.

  • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

    Again, your opinions are vile

  • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

    Grill looks good

  • WalthamDan

    Coming to an Enterprise rental lot near you. I do not see this latest design turning the sales tables for them with retail.

  • salamOOn

    its fastback, not a 4 door coupe….
    however inside it s a huge upgrade over the current model.

  • TheBelltower

    Love the shape of this thing. But the design of the front end and tail lamps are just dumb.

    • donald seymour

      I apologize for the re-post. I am not about to retype my comment. I want to start off by saying that I went to New York and saw this car in person. And these pictures do not do this car any justice. The 2020 Sonata have so much physical dramatic presence in real life, i.e. person, that I was lost for words when I first laid eyes on it. Hear me when I say this, this car right here is a GAME CHANGER! It’s on a whole different level in the inside and out

      • TheBelltower

        I seriously need to hit this show. I’m back in NYC today, so there’s still time. It’s always better to see stuff in person.

        • donald seymour

          Bell, I could barely get close to the car, because it looked like a playground for grownups. No joke, the car was getting a ton of attention.

  • d’Aforde

    And to think that Ford declared the sedan dead.

    • MarketAndChurch

      The onus is on Hyundai to prove that it is still alive by selling 300,000 or more. Which they won’t, because they can’t.

      • donald seymour

        I apologize for the re-post, but I am not about to retype my comment. I want to start off by saying that I went to New York and saw this car in person. And these pictures do not do this car any justice. The 2020 Sonata have so much physical dramatic presence in real life, i.e. person, that I was lost for words when I first laid eyes on it. Hear me when I say this, this car right here is a GAME CHANGER! It’s on a whole different level in the inside and out. @dAForde:disqus

        • MarketAndChurch

          I believe you that it’s a game changer. Personally, for me, so would the Arteon if it were 10 grand cheaper.

          But two things: 1.) Toyota and Honda’s mindshare is just too strong, and 2.) the sedan market is projected to continue sinking well into 2022, and this is on top of the declines we’ve seen since like 2012.

          Only Toyota and Honda are really profiting off of sedans because people will buy their cars no matter how much better other cars are, and on top of that, the potential profit from selling sedans has been transferred over to selling SUV’s, so much so that Ford, GM, and FCA have all killed their sedan offerings, while Toyota and Honda have both cut back on sedan production.

          This car will be a success if it can sell 300,000, and that would cement Hyundai’s profile as a top-American carmaker. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f04446eb4c8a71f3854a15707c908f62cad6db2311570327bd2512fa50afddb.png

          • donald seymour

            Mark, I understand; however, I believe that there will be a genuine shift towards sedans in the near future.

        • MarketAndChurch

          Having said all of that, Hyundai designed an absolute killer with this Sonata, it looks like an Audi from some angles, and a Porsche from others, and then like nothing we’ve seen from anyone from other angles. I can’t wait to see this car in person.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    Overall it’s a good looking sedan, however it does have many angles in which it doesn’t. The front is is ok if you like the catfish look.

  • That’s an angry fish

  • Alpina

    It looks cool, I guess. I am getting some racoony-frogy vibe from it. I don’t understand how the concept (sketches) looks so good but it’s somehow lost in the production form.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Great car for those who mourn the loss of the Taurus.

    • donald seymour

      I apologize for the re-post. I want to start off by saying that I went to New York and saw this car in person. And these pictures do not do this car any justice. The 2020 Sonata have so much physical dramatic presence in real life, i.e. person, that I was lost for words when I first laid eyes on it. Hear me when I say this, this car right here is a GAME CHANGER! It’s on a whole different level in the inside and out

      • Six Thousand Times

        I’m sure. My point was that here’s one of the last of the big sedans with a little style.

  • Kagan

    I can be without the stripes especially as it is broken in the middle.

    but I want a manual gear and parkbrakestick!

  • Salih Ahzem

    I think the article has a combined gallery with images of both North American model and the rest of the world one… Because in of the images it can be seen that there is a very basic radio (no touchscreen) and yet even the current gen Sonata is offered with a standard touchscreen since 2016 model year in the U.S..

  • Scino Iem

    I personally think Subaru nailed it better with Legacy than Hyundai with Sonata inside and out.

    • donald seymour

      I apologize for the re-post, but I am not about to retype my comment. I want to start off by saying that I went to New York and saw this car in person. And these pictures do not do this car any justice. The 2020 Sonata have so much physical dramatic presence in real life, i.e. person, that I was lost for words when I first laid eyes on it. Hear me when I say this, this car right here is a GAME CHANGER! It’s on a whole different level in the inside and out

  • donald seymour

    I want to start off by saying that I went to New York and saw this car in person. And these pictures do not do this car any justice. The 2020 Sonata have so much physical dramatic presence in real life, i.e. person, that I was lost for words when I first laid eyes on it. Hear me when I say this, this car right here is a GAME CHANGER! It’s on a whole different level in the inside and out. @@HawkeyeVG:disqus

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