The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is an all-new vehicle which the brand hopes to wow car buyers and make an impact again in the D-segment sedan category. The 8th generation Sonata comes completely redesigned with the new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ language.
Being a Hyundai, there are numerous tiny design details throughout which are quite complex to execute. For example, the new headlights are flanked by a chrome strip running up the bonnet, which also partly houses the LED daytime running lights. In the cabin, there is a two-tone colour scheme, not-so-conventionally designed four-spoke steering, floating 8″ infotainment touchscreen, slim air vents and no gear lever.
“Make no mistake. Hyundai’s roll-out of all its latest models is poised to disrupt the market. The all-new Sonata is no exception. It has surged ahead of competing models in terms of sales in several markets and the awards are accumulating,” said Mr. Low Yuan Lung, Managing Director of Hyundai Sime Darby Motors (HSDM).
“The Sonata’s unique features in the D-segment is patently obvious. One look at it and you can already see that its Sensuous Sportiness exterior design, with its coupe roof line and elegant, sporty body lines, makes this the stand-out car in the segment. The conservative look of the D-segment has been totally discarded. This is a stunning, sporty, long coupe-like sedan for the business executive. Its design was conceived to emote. This is not your average D-segment car,” elaborated Mr. Low.
There is only one variant available. It is powered by a new Smartstream G2.5 MPi engine with four driving modes for improved fuel efficiency (Eco, Smart, Sport & Comfort). The engine has an output of 180 PS and 232 Nm and is paired with a 6-speed shift-by-wire automatic transmission to drive the front wheel. One of the key features is the blind spot view monitoring via a live video feed on the 12.3″ digital instrument display. Other notable technological features include a head-up display, wireless phone charger with cooling function, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system and smart trunk system.
“The Sonata, like all Hyundai models, is also one of the safest cars in the world. It is built from Hyundai’s proprietary Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). This stems from our corporate legacy which started as an industrial steel company, forging steel of such robust strength that it was used in the construction of railway tracks, bridges and ships. Now the AHSS is used to build every Hyundai car,” Low added.
The all-new Sonata has bagged several coveted awards in the US including “Best Car for Teens” by US News and World Report, “2020 Best Auto Tech Award” by Kelly Blue Book, 2020 NHTSA 5-star Overall Rating, MotorWeek’s “2020 Drivers’ Choice Award” for Best Family Sedan and Wards “10 Best User Experience Award”.
Car enthusiasts who are interested in finding out more about the new Sonata may contact Hyundai at 1300-13-2000 or log on to www.hyundai.com.my to locate the nearest showroom.