Next-gen Hyundai Sonata’s taillamps were “inspired” by the Civic FC

Hyundai has just released first images of their all-new eighth-generation Hyundai Sonata ahead of its global debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) in April.

Like the facelifted seventh-gen Sonata, the new car embodies Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design concept that builds upon the balance between proportion, architecture, styling and technology.

The new car is defined by the new Digital Pulse Cascading Grille, prominent chrome accents that runs the full length of the front fascia to the side window surrounds, tapering roofline and taillamps that runs across the voluminous boot. There are also strong lines across the bonnet and side of the new Sonata to give it a more athletic appearance.  

While key technical details of the new car have yet to be announced, the new Sonata has a decidedly sportier road presence thanks to its 30 mm lower height compared to its predecessor. Other dimensions have also grown by 45 mm in length, 25 mm in width and 35 mm in wheelbase.

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Hyundai claims that the interior architecture was inspired by a Stealth Aircraft, giving off an impression of a floating dashboard mixed with latest digital screens for the instrument cluster, infotainment system and climate control buttons.

Features found in the new Sonata include a new four-spoke multifunctional steering wheel with paddle shifters, drive-by-wire electronic gear selector, Bose sound system, ambient lighting in the dashboard and doors as well as an extended centre armrest.


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