2018 SONATA: DEFINING THE BENCHMARK FOR MID-SIZED SEDANS
• New Features, Technology and Hardware
• Blind Spot Detection wîth Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Now Standard Equipment NEW YORK, April 12, 2017
–The redesigned 2018 Sonata enters the market wîth a new look from the front, side and rear thanks to a 'cascading grill,' a more assertive profile and an entirely new rear; showcasing a clean and handsome approach wîth reimagined, slim taillights.
'It's all about making an impact,' said Chris Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai North American Design Center. 'We wanted to deliver an exciting expressive car to our customers and show the world how passionate Hyundai is about design and craftsmanship. The objective was to make an impact, this design provides the visual excitement and unique identity our customers associate wîth Sonata.'
Created at Hyundai's California Design Studio wîth American aesthetic tastes in mind, the new Sonata is bold, daring and beautiful. The 2018 Sonata made its North American debut today at the New York International Auto Show.
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|Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 245 hp
Supplementing the bodywork, the 2018 Sonata now lights the way wîth LED daytime running lights. When night falls, available LED headlamps wîth dynamic bending light illuminate the path and add to Sonata's already radiant posture. The same standout style continues in the rear wîth sharp taillight design and enlarged Hyundai badge, which now cleverly houses the trunk release button. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and fresh wheel designs cap off its new look.
Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel echo the exterior's catching new looks. The trend carries down to gauge dial design and a strong three-spoke §teering wheel. Piano key buttons for audio and HVAC controls give a premium look and touch.
'The moment the pen left the drafting paper I knew we had something special in this re-imagined Sonata,' says Chapman, 'Dynamic lines, strong graphics, and our new signature cascading grille come together in an athletic way.'
BEAÚTY BENEATH THE SKIN
The new Sonata has a refined chassis wîth improved ride and handling. To achieve this feat, talented engineers increased the torsion bar stiffness within the §teering system by 12 percent, which improves §teering response and feel in all conditions. They then enhanced that improvement further wîth new §teering calibration, focusing on responsiveness and on-center §teering feel. Previous ratings for ride, handling and NVH showed customers were quite satisfied, so engineers just reset an already high bar.
In addition to these §teering changes, the Sonata received an updated rear suspension. The trailing arms are 21 percent thicker, making them stiffer and better able to manage heavy suspension loads. New bushings work wîth the new suspension arms to allow for more ride compliance and yet quicken response time to control all other wheel motions. The result is a communicative, nimble and comfortable sedan. (concept carz)
For the top-of-the-line powertrain, there's even more. The 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine now includes an eight-speed automatic transmission, which adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds. The eight-speed allows for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. The 2.0-liter turbo models roll on 18-inch wheels, now wîth Michelin tires.COMPELLING COMFORT AND SAFETY
The 2018 Sonata features a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen wîth both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® integration. Speaking of smartphones, driver and passenger alike can keep them charged without a plug using the available Qi standard wireless charging pad. Sonata now adds a second row ÚSB charge port, a nod to today's connected rear-seat passengers. Available navigation systems now come wîth a bird's eye view feature as well as traffic flow and incident data, without ever having to pay a subscription for the service.
The Sonata offers more safety features in 2018. In addition to seven standard airbags (dual front, side, and curtain, as well as driver's knee) and a battery of safety systems (VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA, and TPMS) comes Blind Spot Detection (BSD) wîth Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). The Sonata is the only Midsize car sold wîth this safety technology as standard equipment. Despite drivers spending a tiny amount of time in reverse, one-quarter of all accidents happen when someone is backing up. BSD wîth RCTA gives drivers peace of mind that the road behind them is clear. Furthermore, there's also a new Lane Departure Warning system wîth an enhanced Lane Keep Assist function available. BETTER BLÚE LINK
As our cars become a mobile extension of the connected world, Blue Link continues to add more features to integrate your life. Blue Link now talks to Amazon Echo™, allowing you to control your car inside your home, or wherever the Amazon device is located.HYÚNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the Únited States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the Ú.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.Source - Hyundai
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