The eighth-generation 2020 Hyundai Sonata was officially revealed last month. However, unexpectedly, this new mid-size four-door sedan looks promising a beautiful design and gets a pretty impressive overhaul. It now also has a very low hood design and a pretty beautiful roofline design. The Sonata four-door sedan is the first car from the South Korean manufacturer to adopt the latest Hyundai design language called “Sensuous Sportiness”.
Adopting Hyundai’s Latest Design Language Dubbed Sensuous Sportiness
The Le Fil Rouge concept car that was officially introduced to the public at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show is an actual preview of this latest Hyundai design language. This concept car is the first model produced by top designer “Luc Donckerwolke”; he was previously the chief design officer at Bentley, Audi, and Lamborghini. SangYup Lee, head of design for Hyundai, who previously worked at Volkswagen, Bentley, and General Motors, also made a full contribution to the 2018 Le Fil Rouge concept car.
According to these designers, the expressive design effort in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata is a main goal of the South Korean automaker in order to minimize the design similarities between all Hyundai car models. So, it’s impossible to expect other Hyundai models like Accent and Elantra to look similar to the eighth-generation Sonata. I think the latest Sonata is now a special car for Hyundai and its top designers.
Influenced by Aston Martin Design Style…
The influence of the Aston Martin design style is also evident in the new Sonata sedan, especially at the front end of the car. That’s thanks to the arrangement of the hood design which now has a sheet metal extending to the front end of the car. Hyundai designers now seem to be trying to take a very different approach from the mainstream cars on the market. According to SangYup Lee (Hyundai’s chief designer), Hyundai engineers at Namyang, South Korea, have made an important breakthrough to provide reinforcement to the lower bumper in order to protect the hood from being easily dented.
Three radar sensors, 13-ultrasonic sensors, and 5-cameras are available now and have a function to activate all driver-assists features on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. Several standard safety features on the new Sonata that can be activated by these sophisticated sensors include adaptive cruise controls, blind-spot monitoring systems, forward-collision braking, rear-collision braking, and lane-following assists.
The latest Sonata now also gets sophisticated and exclusive safety features like those offered in the 2016 BMW 7-series. This mid-size sedan is now equipped with an advanced remote control that has the ability to be pulled in or out of a crowded parking spot. Moving into the cabin, the interior is now equipped with luxury features including an optional 12.3-inch digital-cluster display, 10.3-inch center-screen, and head-up display, this is similar to that offered on the top variants of the Audi A7. In addition, there’re also Nappa leather seats, HVAC knobs, and wireless charging.
Hyundai’s third-generation architecture has substantially underpin the beautiful exterior design of this new Sonata mid-size sedan. Some important things like redesign, of course, have been done well by Hyundai engineers at their South Korean manufacturer. Furthermore, this new model is now also getting additional high-strength steel material which is claimed to reduce its curb weight. As for the suspension, however, it still uses the strut-type configuration on the front and multi-link on the rear.
Two Engine Options are Available…
Under the hood, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata is still powered by the same 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 180 horsepower as offered in the previous model. For buyers looking for more powerful engines, Hyundai has also offered a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the redesigned Sonata sedan, which is claimed to produce 191 horsepower. The new 2.5-liter unit is set to replace the previous 185-HP 2.4-liter inline-four engine. Both engine options can be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. While the 0-60 mph sprint can be achieved in the mid-seven seconds range. However, there’s no longer a choice of dual-clutch automatic gearboxes on the new Sonata.
The new 2.5-liter inline-four engine has taken advantage of the Atkinson cycle and it’s equipped with an exhaust manifold that seamlessly integrated with its head, port and direct fuel injection, and split cooling circuits. Meanwhile, the OLD 1.6-liter turbo engine will no longer carry the ECO engine label on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. Given that the new 2.5L Sonata is claimed to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating at 33 mpg combined, that means it outperforms the 1.6L turbocharged unit with an estimated EPA rating of 31 mpg combined.
2020 Hyundai Sonata Release Date and Price
There’s no official word on release date and price, but the 2020 Hyundai Sonata is scheduled to reach U.S. dealerships in October 2019. And the South Korean car manufacturer promises that there will be no significant price increase on this Sonata mid-size sedan than the current model. We guess the new Sonata price ranges from $23,500 to $33,500. Considering that the current Sonata model has been sold at U.S. dealers with a starting price of $23,420 for the entry-level model and $33,020 for the upper trim level “Limited”.
Unfortunately, for now there’s no high-performance variant for the eighth-generation 2020 Hyundai Sonata. Nevertheless, Hyundai is reportedly preparing a high-performance version of the new Sonata four-door sedan with the “Hyundai N-Line” badge. And it will most likely be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with more power output. Furthermore, the hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of the 2020 Sonata sedan is currently in the works. So, it’s worth waiting for.