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2018 Hyundai Sonata unveiled with sharp new look, sporty turbo confirmed

Hyundai’s refreshed, 2018 Sonata was today unveiled at a special event in the company’s home country in South Korea.

New front and rear styling treatments, plus interior enhancements also join powertrain updates and a re-positioning of the 2.0-litre turbo-equipped Sonatas, as sports models are the headline acts here.

Styling revisions mimic those seen on the all-new i30 due here soon, including a bolder headlight and grille treatment, stacked LED lights and more aggressive lines. Regular Sonatas will have horizontal fins in the grille while the sports models get a dark mesh treatment.

The rear end sees sharper sculpting and more prominent LED lights, with ‘SONATA’ lettering on the bootlid while the number plate now sits lower on the bumper bar. Turbo models get a more aggressive rear exhaust treatment.

Inside, new trims and colours are notable, as well as two new three-spoke steering wheels. One for regular models, and a flat-bottomed unit for the Turbo. New switchgear complements a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touch-screen, depending on the variant, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard across the range. Other features include wireless phone charging with compatible devices.

Switchable driving modes now feature on the Turbo; with Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart. Smart is an adaptive driving mode that can alternate between the other three modes.

Pricing and Australian specs will be announced closer to the car’s debut here mid year.

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.