August 28, 2017
Unravelling the changes in the all new Hyundai Sonata
For the fresh year, the Hyundai Sonata acquires compelling refresh, which works wonders to bring it a brand new face with the brand’s descending grille. As admitted by the Hyundai executives at the press events, the designers gave the car a much fluent look making it less conservative. In a bid to move the car away from the previous car’s conservative design and a better family identity the makers gave the car much flowing exteriors.
Besides the changes in the exterior styling, the sonata is also showered upon with changes in the electric power steering system; the rear trailing arms received meagre thickness. Furthermore, the car is now furnished with bushings made with aluminium inserts instead of the ones made with steel. Tighten your seatbelts auto-enthusiasts; the big change that is incorporated in the all new Sonata is the eight-speed automatic transmission, which works wonders to make it available with an engine that generates the power equivalent to the 245 horses and specifies in 2.0-liter turbo-four. However the base model is equipped with the engine generating the horsepower equivalent to 185-hp and specifies in 2.4-liter I-4 carry over with the six-speed automatic. The Eco version of the Sonata paves its way to the market later this summer with the impressive 1.6-liter turbo-four engine creating a horsepower of 178 hp and a strong 195 lb-ft torque and not to forget the seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. The line-up would be last joined by the Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid, which would be arriving early next year.
Power Packed with 8 speed gears:
As the engine gains more power, so do the gears, all credits to the new eight-speed automatic gearbox which substitutes the previous six-speed unit installed on the 2018 Sonata 2.0T Sport and its limited base models. When compared to its predecessor transmission, the eight-speed unit works wonders to showcase an efficient oil pump with an amazing 43 percent lesser capacity for the improved efficiency, an impressive torque converter with an enlarged area for direct coupling in order to improve responsiveness and the dual ball bearings which facilitate the lower frictional losses, and lesser control valves.
An Appealing front grille seeking inspiration from the molten steel:
As revealed by the top Hyundai executives, the all new grille seeks its inspiration from the molten steel being poured, which resulted in a cascading effect when you have a glimpse at it. The car’s all new front look, on the other hand, derived its inspiration from the sixth-generation Sonata, inducing a rejuvenated feel to the car and a much aggressive look that makes it distinct and more eye-catching.
An improved steering system to offer you a smooth driving experience:
The all new Sonata’s are showered upon an improved steering system complimented by the goodness of a column-mounted steering gearbox which works wonders to make it feel more direct and easier to drive. Improvements have also been initiated on the torsional stiffness of the steering gearbox to 2.8 nm per degree from 2.5 nm, which paves way for a steering system that has a lighter weighting and feels much secure, particularly in Sport mode.
Added rear suspension to improve the overall ride:
A sure-shot area where Hyundai has done its homework perfectly: Added rear suspension. In a bid to boost the car’s overall ride and handling, Hyundai increasing the thickness of the rear trailing arm’s to 3.5 mm from the meagre 2.9 mm, and the bushings are now incorporated with the aluminium inserts instead of the steel ones. This works wonders to offer the car a much firmer rear suspension that stabilizes the body control. A sport-tuned suspension comes standard on the Sport and Limited trims with the 245-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4, which further boosts the all new Sonata’s dynamic capabilities.
A much better value for money:
The Car’s top end model which is the Limited 2.0T costs $1,900 less than its previous price at $33,335. It is an absolute luxury to get a plethora of features at this price, such as a navigation system coupled with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, an Infinity premium audio system, appealing full- LED headlights, thoroughly ventilated front seats, and a complete package of active safety features that incorporates the automatic emergency braking, close range collision avoidance, lane keeping assist, and a dynamic cruise control enriched with the goodness of stop and go function.