Hyundai has unveiled the remodelled midsized Sonata family sedan with standard and accessible features.
Assembled locally at the Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited plant in Lagos, the 2018 Sonata equipped with proximity key with push-button start, power driver’s seat as well as shiftronic gear system with courtesy door lamps.
The car is also equipped with rear parking sensors/back warning camera, engine immobiliser and perceptible front grill among others.
Hyundai Motors Nigeria said, “It has enhanced the Sonata’s package with a better value proposition to keep it fresh from increasing competent rivals.”
Its Head of Sales and Marketing, Gaurav Vashisht told auto reporters at the launch of the new Sonata that almost every exterior element of the car has been reworked, beginning from the forward A-pillars.
“Unlike its predecessor, the front end of the car, for instance, has become more muscular, blending with Hyundai’s new cascading grille design with an aggressive lower fascia, new headlights and a reshaped hood,” Vashisht explained.
He said Hyundai has also thoroughly reworked the rear side, which now incorporates new trunked-lid, taillights and rear bumper with a marginally adapted interior that plagiarizes high-end cars’ centre stack though retaining its intuitive layout knobs and controls of higher quality feel and a new three-spoke steering wheel.
“When it comes to delivering everything you would expect from a midsize family sedan, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata does not disappoint. It has a spacious interior with worthy seats and a long list of standard features and well-laid out controls that reassure on the smooth ride,” he added.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata, he said, is available in six trim levels, but only the Elite SE 2.0L and Elite SE 2.4L variants, which are already in designated HMNL showrooms, will be marketed locally.
Standard features on both models include front wheel drive, a rear lip spoiler, cruise control, full power accessories, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic control/rear air-conditioning vents, luxury leather seats and a 60/40 split-folding seatback.
Technology features, however, include Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player, radio, automatic headlights, rearview camera, a five-inch LCD display, USB port and an auxiliary audio input and Hyundai Security System.
While both variants are powered by a four-cylinder engine; the 2.0-Litre variant is mated to a 157ps @ 6200rpm and the 2.4-Litre is fused to a 171ps @ 6000rpm. Both models are however, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission that raises the EPA fuel economy numbers to 23mpg highway from 22/31mpg.
The SE 2.0-Litre model is on the other hand, mounted on a 17″ Alloy wheels while the SE 2.4-Litre seats on 18″ Alloy wheels.
Hyundai in its typical interior design precision leaves no one in doubt as it ingeniously detailed the Sonata’s cabin. The materials and built quality for instance are at par with the class, donning plusher door trim, well-padded and supportive leather seats with additional cabin accents for a more premium feel.