Hyundai still appears to be a bit hesitant about sharing complete details on the Sonata facelift it showcased just a few days ago. But hopefully, it’ll do those honors closer to the launch date. In the meantime, let’s share what’s available right now. We already talked about the design in the previous post, so we’re gonna skip that part in this one.
The color palette this time around includes Aero Silver (matte/metallic), Abyss Black Pearl, Serenity White Pearl, Atlas White, Nocturne Gray (matte/metallic), Transmission Blue Pearl, Biophilic Blue Pearl, Ultimate Red Metallic, Cream Beige and Curated Silver Metallic. The Sonata N Line gets an exclusive N Line red paint.
For the cabin color theme, depending on the trim you choose, there’s gonna be black; dark gray and greige two-tone; dark gray and camel two-tone; dark gray and navy two-tone, and if you choose the N Line, you’ll get dark gray with red stitching. The curved panel houses two 12.3-inch displays, of course, and there’ll also be a head-up display with a real estate of 12-inches. Other key highlights of the new model include Digital Key 2 (smartphone lock/unlock and starting); a 12-speaker Bose Premium Sound System with new CenterPoint 360 technology, and a power trunk—claimed to be first-in-class.
Hyundai claims that the new Sonata features improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) performance, thanks to body reinforcements and a change of steering wheel material.
ADAS include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 1.5, Rear Cross-traffic Collision-avoidance Assist, Blind-spot Collision Assist, Safe Exit Warning, Safe Exit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, and Highway Driving Assist. The new Sonata also boasts Remote Smart Parking Assist that allows the user to remotely reverse and forward the vehicle to help park in tight spots. The Rear Occupant Alert, as the name suggests, alerts the driver if an infant/pet is left unattended in the vehicle.
The powertrain lineup for the 2023 Sonata facelift includes a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid, and a 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine—which apparently is for the Sonata N Line. Hyundai didn’t bother sharing any more details, but as mentioned, are expected to be available closer to the launch date in the second half of 2023. For all the curious people out there, the 2.5L turbo in the outgoing Sonata N Line offers 213 kW (290 metric hp) and 422 Nm (311 lb-ft). The hybrid powertrain offers a combined power output of 143.5 kW or 195 metric hp.