2023 Hyundai Sonata facelift shows off its spicy design


Hyundai Motor Group’s design boss Peter Schreyer and his team continue to deliver stunning designs that continue to seduce mass-market customers. The latest one is the Sonata facelift, all set to make its public debut at the Seoul Mobility Show (March 30-April 9, 2023). In typical Hyundai fashion, we mostly have the car’s design to talk about today.

Speaking of which, Hyundai is showcasing the regular Sonata and the Sonata N Line, but I think both look equally stunning. The front fascia features a full-width light bar—right at the edge of the bonnet, followed by a stunningly sporty bumper design that houses the main LED headlights. The N Line attempts to look extra sporty with dark elements throughout and a subtly different front intake design.

The side profile looks relatively clean compared with other updated Hyundai models such as Elantra, Avante and Verna. At the rear, there’s an ‘H’ light signature against the background of an interesting design element that sort of connects with the spoiler-like design on the boot lid. The N Line gets a sporty bumper design with quad tailpipes; this model also boasts exclusive 19-inch wheels.

On the inside, well, things are not necessarily “stunning” but rather typical. I mean, there’s that wide, curved panel on the dashboard that houses both a touchscreen and a driver display; in this case, both are of 12.3-inches. Next to the driver display, there’s something else that’s yet to be known what it is. For climate and seat controls, there’s a rectangular touch panel underneath the touchscreen. The PRND shift-by-wire selector has been moved to the steering column to free-up more space in the centre console. The Drive mode selector, however, is a small toggle in the centre console.

Hyundai has reserved additional details for another day, but as mentioned earlier, it is not too far from now.

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