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2018 Hyundai Sonata unveiled at New York auto show

April 13, 2017

Hyundai’s Sonata Series II lobs in Australia later this year, with a raft of changes the automaker hopes will elevate the invisible mid-size sedan’s disappointing sales.

The Sonata enjoyed its second international outing – after one in South Korea last month – at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The Sonata is built in the United States as well as South Korea.

Like the current model, a 2.4-litre atmo’ four-cylinder and a turbo 2.0-litre will be on offer, but a new eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters will make better use of these engines and boost driver enjoyment.

Externally it adopts a dramatic rendition of the company’s current corporate grille, vertically stacked LEDs and a more defined rear section, with the number plate now sitting in the lower bumper to accommodate ‘SONATA’ text across the bootlid.

Inside, new steering wheel, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as revised HVAC controls feature, with a range of new trims and textures on offer.

Safety features now include driver attention monitoring, high-beam assistance, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. Suspension tuning is expected to remain the same as the current Australian-delivered models.

Pricing and specifications for the Australian market will be detailed closer to its third-quarter launch.

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.