The last time the Hyundai Sonata saw major design modifications was back in 2015. Unfortunately, this is painfully obvious, and the Sonata has needed a facelift for a while now. It’s a great car, don’t get me wrong. But if it wants to keep on keeping up with the competition, it needs some fresh styling. Thankfully, for 2018, the Sonata will get one. It’s important to note that there are no major changes coming to the underside of the conservative Sonata, which is fine. The Sonata is already praised as one of the best midsize sedans in the segment for its price point and the quality of the Sonata’s design can’t even be questioned.
But, the design can and that’s why it’s high time the Sonata got a refresh.
Why is a Redesign So Important?
Sonata sales have actually been dropping in the U.S. and Canadian markets since 2015, which marks the car’s most recent makeover.
Despite the sales slouch, the Sonata really is a good midsize car. The 2017 model actually just won an accolade for “Best Midsize Car for the Money,” courtesy of U.S. News & World. Not the cheapest midsize car, but the best one for its price. The quality and value the Sonata provides is easily recognized; therefore, the problem must lie in the outdated design, right? That’s what I would assume, and it’s obvious that Hyundai is thinking the same thing. This fresh look should be more attractive to buyers and, combined with the Sonata’s exceptional value and quality, really boost sales in the near future. Consumers can anticipate the 2018 Sonata’s debut in the second half of 2017.
Let’s cover some of the design changes expected for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Modifications will be made to the grille, making it look much taller, and it will also be mounted at a lower point in the center of the front end. The bars on the grille are going to be much thinner and closer together than the previous model, and will surely help make it look more streamlined. Furthermore, you can expect to see newly designed front and rear fascias and exterior lights.
But, the outside isn’t the only thing receiving some attention. The inside will be revamped as well, and there will be improvements made to the instrument panels. Combine that with the predictably upgraded infotainment system, and it’s going to feel like a whole new car on the inside.
Official Changes Pending
When Hyundai introduces the 2018 Sonata, the brand will officially announce the changes on the new model. Overall, we can expect the vehicle to look much more sportier. But, that’s still speculation at this point. However, with the way other midsize sedan models look in 2017, a sportier looking Sonata is more of a possibility than you might think.
Engines will carry over again, along with the transmissions, chassis, platform, etc. All the same mechanical components that give it a great ride quality and performance will persist. At the end of the day, the 2018 Sonata will simply remain a strong mid-sized vehicle, but with a more contemporary look.