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2018 Hyundai Sonata sketches show aggressive new face

February 27, 2017

The Hyundai Sonata is about to undergo a dramatic facelift that will transform it from today’s conservatively-styled car to something altogether more upmarket and prestige.

Similar to the Korean-market Hyundai Azera/Grandeur we showed you recently, the new Sonata adopts Hyundai’s latest design language, which is also evident on the i30 as well as models from the Genesis range.

Thanks to Hyundai-Blog for these sketches, we can see the new front end, which features a larger and more prominent trapezoid grille opening, with either dark cross-hatch on the Turbo or chrome horizontal slats on the regular version. The LED treatment for the triangular side vents appears new, with several of them now stacked vertically.

The rear is given a cleaner, more contemporary look with angular surface treatment and bold LEDs housed within the taillamp clusters. The number plate has been moved from the bootlid into the bumper, with a venturi underneath. SONATA lettering is spaced out across the bootlid.

This freshening will be Hyundai’s attempt to keep an all-new Camry, Honda Accord, Mazda6 and Mondeo at bay, with a range of petrol engines.

The facelifted Sonata will reach our shores in the second quarter of this year, by which time we should have pricing and more information for you.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

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