For a new car design these days, “Sensual” is the way to go. The gentlemen should go oomph.. while the sassy senoritas will bite their bottom lips. And so is with the 8th generation Hyundai Sonata. The design language it adopts is called Sensuous Sportiness, and most of its lines come from the Le Fil Rouge concept.
The Sensuous Sportiness design language comprises four fundamental elements in vehicle design: proportion, architecture, styling and technology. The design truly is sensual in the new Sonata. A chrome accent from the headlamp goes all the way into the hood and joins the window line. In fact, the DRLs are embedded within those lines as hidden lights, which appear to be of a chromic material when switched off.
Overall, there’s a mix of crisp body lines, concave and convex forms, which all contribute to a sexy, coupe-like character. With a 30 mm lowered height, 25 mm extended width, 35 mm longer wheelbase and whole length increased by 45 mm, the new Sonata sports a much sportier looks than its predecessor. The connected tail lamps make the car appear more wider.
Buyers will have a choice of 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels. If you’re wondering about the drag co-efficient of the new Sonata, it is 0.27 Cd.
“Sonata celebrates innovative coupe-like silhouette,” said Sang Yup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of the Hyundai Design Center. “A short overhang, sloping roofline and low deck lid create a balanced feel, and Hyundai’s signature chrome accent now goes all the way into the hood, making it look even longer. It also has LED lighting built-in. These cues bring the Sensuous Sportiness design to life.”
The sensuality continues on to the interiors as well. The winged shapes of the instrument panel or dashboard are apparently inspired by a Stealth aircraft. The two displays are positioned close together to help alleviate distraction to the driver. Also adding to the premium-ness are satin chrome accents, and the one on the steering wheel looks like an aircraft yoke. On the centre console, shift-by-wire transmission controls free up storage space.
Depending on the trim, the feature list includes an 8-inch Head-Up Display that has luminance of more than 10,000 candelas per square meter, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with natural language and cloud-based speech recognition powered by Blue Link, Qi wireless charging, and 12-speaker Bose sound system. Options list includes a panoramic sunroof.
An 8-inch display compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard on the 2020 Sonata.
2020 Hyundai Sonata at Auto Shanghai 2019
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Advanced Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go as standard, and Highway Driving Assist as an option.
Other systems include Lane Following Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Blind-Spot View Monitor and Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Surround-View Monitor, Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Remote Smart Parking Assist.
Powering the 2020 Sonata is a choice of two Smartstream gasoline engines: a 2.5L GDI and a 1.6L T-GDI engine, both paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5L offers 191 hp at 6,100 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. (245 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm, while the G1.6 T-GDI has 180 hp at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. (264 Nm) of torque between 1,500–4,500 rpm to offer.
Hyundai claims that the front and rear suspension geometry has been enhanced for stability and responsiveness.