The South Korean-based automaker Hyundai has brought the all-new eighth-generation 2020 Sonata mid-size sedan at last month’s New York Motor Show. It’s very clear that Hyundai provided significant changes and total redesign on this new four-door sedan. The most important thing is that the eighth-generation Sonata is now fully utilizing the latest Hyundai “Sensuous Sportiness” design language. As a result, the Sonata sedan gets a major improvement with a more aggressive and impressive design both on the exterior and interior. Overall, it has a far more handsome looks than its predecessor – the seventh-generation Hyundai Sonata.
Looks like the Hyundai Le Fil Rouge concept car that was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show last year has given many design cues to the upcoming Sonata. What should be underlined is that Le Fil Rouge is a Hyundai concept car designed by famous designer, Luc Donckerwolke. He had previously worked for quite a long time as chief design officer at three famous European car manufacturers, including Audi, Lamborghini, and Bentley. Former Volkswagen, General Motors and Bentley designers, SangYup Lee, who now works as Hyundai’s head of design, also contributed design to the Le Fil Rouge.
Aggressive Design Style on Its Exterior
You will find an aggressive design style like the Aston Martin car on the front end of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. It has also adopted a very low hood design, plus a very low roofline design. The new Sonata uses sheet metal material on its hood, which extends to the front end of the car. Hyundai has also taken a different breakthrough by installing a stronger and lower bumper on the new Sonata sedan in order to protect the hood so that it’s not easily dented. The South Korean designer confirms that minimizing similarity design between all Hyundai car lineups is the company’s main goal. So, the new Sonata design may be very special for Hyundai and will not be similar to other Hyundai models in the future, including Accent and Elantra sedans.
The all-new 2020 Sonata mid-size sedan has a beautiful exterior design, thanks to Hyundai’s third-generation architecture along with its total redesign. In order to reduce the curb weight, Hyundai has used extra high-strength steel material in the new Sonata. Handling is everything on the car, of course! And this new model has been equipped with front strut-type suspension and multi-link rear suspension in order to improve its handling capability.
Tech Specs and Powertrain Choices
Hyundai offers several powertrain options on the new redesigned Sonata sedan. Like the current model, the entry-level 2020 Hyundai Sonata is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox capable of producing 180 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm. Furthermore, there’s a newly available 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is set to replace the previous 2.4L unit, which is claimed to be able to cranks out 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The eight-speed automatic is the only one transmission option available on the new Sonata, and there’s no longer a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The new 2.5L four-cylinder engine utilizes the Atkinson cycle with an exhaust manifold integrated directly into the direct fuel injection, split cooling circuits, head, and port. As a result, the new Sonata with a 2.5-liter unit has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 33 mpg on the highway. That’s definitely better than the Sonata 1.6L which has an EPA rating of 31 mpg combined. So this makes the 1.6L unit lose its ECO engine label on the eighth-generation 2020 Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai has claimed that the new Sonata with a 2.5L engine can accelerate from 0-60 mph only in mid-seven seconds range.
Interior Features and Advanced Driver-Assist
For the 2020 model year, Hyundai has offered advanced safety equipment on the Sonata sedan, including an advanced remote control that is able to pull in the car or pull out of a crowded parking spot. This exclusive safety feature is exactly like that offered by BMW on their 7-Series luxury sedan. While the standard safety equipment on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata includes blind-spot monitoring systems, adaptive cruise controls, lane-following assists, forward-collision braking, and rear-collision braking. All of these driver-assist features can be activated via radar sensors, 13-ultrasonic sensors, and 5-cameras.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata has an interior and cabin with an exclusive touch, just like the one offered on the upper trim level of the Audi A7 luxury sedan. There are several standard luxury features on its interior that include 12.3-inch digital-cluster display screen, 10.3-inch center-screen, and Nappa leather seats, HVAC knobs, wireless charging, and head-up display.
Apart from that, Hyundai is no longer offering a high-performance model for the upcoming Sonata. But there will be performance-focused variants with a Hyundai N-Line badge on the new Sonata. It’s rumored to be getting a powerful 2.5-liter turbo engine. In addition, a hybrid and plug-in hybrid variant will also be available on the upcoming Sonata.
Pricing and Release Date
Release date hasn’t yet been confirmed, but the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata sedan is expected to reach showrooms in the North America later this year, around October 2019. While the price tag may rise slightly from the outgoing model that starts at $23,420 for the base model and $33,020 for the upper trim level. So we can expect the 2020 Hyundai Sonata to be sold at prices ranging from $23,500 to $33,500.