2020 Hyundai Sonata

IT’S the first model to embody Hyundai’s new Sensuous Sportiness design language, and offers a sporty four-door-coupe look. Set to land in Australia in the second half of this year, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata has been fully transformed.

The eighth-generation Sonata features a short overhang, sloping roof line and low deck lid, creating a balanced feel, and Hyundai’s signature chrome accent now goes all the way into the hood, making it look even longer.

The new Sonata takes its inspiration from the award-winning Le Fil Rouge concept, which debuted at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Like the concept car, the production Sonata attracts immediate attention thanks to its unique design.

Looking much sportier than its predecessor, the new Sonata is 30mm lower in height and the width has been extended by 25mm. Its wheelbase is enlarged by 35mm, and its whole length by 45mm.

The new Sonata’s frontal section is defined by two elements: a bold, voluminous shape evoking a smooth sphere and a cleanly demarcated hood. A new cascading sports car style grille also strengthens the overall perception of the front.

In particular the Daytime Running Lights, embedded with Hidden Lighting Lamps-the first for a Hyundai vehicle, are a chief design innovation that incorporates state-of-the-art lighting technology, forming the Sonata’s light architecture.

The Hidden Lighting Lamps appear to be of a chromic material when switched off and become dramatically lit when turned on. This light architecture was initially revealed through Hyundai’s HDC-2 concept car at the Busan Motor Show in June last year.

It was created by fleshing out the form of the lamp and making it into a powerful design element. Along with the Sensuous Sportiness concept, the light architecture defines the design identity of future Hyundai cars.

The side sections of the Sonata are accentuated by the light architecture, which connects two chromic lines seamlessly, linking the windows and daytime running lights. Through these two characteristic lines, the Sonata effuses an athletic and elegant charm.

The light architecture is also applied to the interior space with the ambient mood lamp illuminating dashboard and doors.

In the interior, the instrument panel is rich and modern, and the recognisable winged shape is inspired by a Stealth aircraft. This shape almost levitates or floats when looked at, and this philosophy carries into the long armrests.

Satin chrome accents enhance this effect. Designers compressed the height of the dashboard and HVAC vents as much as possible to aid the light-weight feeling, while modern, light fabric colours and leathers provide a fresh ambiance for the driver.

The clean and sleek design is carried through the centre-gauge cluster display, with the aim being to alleviate the distracting large screens featured in many luxury cars, and instead threaded the two displays together on the 2020 Sonata, using a unique S curve.

These displays are seamless, with no parting lines, and have capacitive touch buttons. Additional features include a satin chrome accent on the steering wheel, which looks like an aircraft yoke, and shift-by-wire transmission controls to free up storage space.

Further details on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, including an Australian launch date, and pricing, will be provided closer to launch.

Hyundai Motor Group has also announced the development of a ‘Digital Key’, which allows users to unlock and start their Hyundai vehicle via their smartphone. Replacing a traditional physical key, the new Digital Key can be downloaded via an app.

The Digital Key utilises Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to detect the presence of an authorised Digital Key-enabled cellphone in close proximity to the vehicle door.

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