Hyundai stuns with bold new design for 2023 Sonata, set to debut at Seoul Mobility Show – India left out of exclusive release

  • Hyundai has released official images of the updated Sonata with new exterior and interior design features that resemble its flagship Grandeur luxury sedan and India-spec Verna, set to debut at the Seoul Mobility Show on March 30.
  • The new Sonata retains its four-door coupe body style and emphasises aerodynamics to improve fuel efficiency and stability, while the powertrain details are yet to be revealed by Hyundai.

Hyundai has released official images of the Sonata facelift, which will only be available in foreign markets. The sedan’s exterior and interior design have been updated to resemble the flagship Grandeur luxury sedan and the recently launched India-spec Verna. On March 30, the new Sonata will make its global debut at the Seoul Mobility Show.


2023 Hyundai Sonata Exterior features

The Sonata’s exterior design is markedly different from that of its predecessor, which debuted in 2019. The sedan now has a full-width LED Daytime Running Lamp bar up front, as well as a split LED headlamp setup. The angular extensions on the front grille add to the overall appearance. The Sonata retains its four-door coupe body style in profile, with a strong shoulder line from the fender to the taillights.

The sedan’s bootlid is shaped like a spoiler and blends seamlessly into the all-black panel that runs across the boot. This panel houses the taillights and includes a full-width LED lightbar in the shape of a ‘H’ pattern. In addition, the N Line model has black wing mirrors, 19-inch alloy wheels, a boot-lid spoiler, subtle N Line badging, and a quad exhaust setup. Hyundai claims that the new Sonata’s design emphasises aerodynamics in order to improve fuel efficiency and stability.


What are the New Interior features of Hyundai Sonata 2023

The interior of the Sonata, like the exterior, is a significant departure from the previous model. It has a more driver-focused dashboard that houses the new 12.3-inch touchscreen and digital driver’s display, which are similar to those found in new BMW models. In addition, like the Ioniq 5, it has touch-based haptic controls for the HVAC system and a drive controller stalk behind the new three-spoke steering wheel. The armrest that extends into the centre console is another highlight.


About Powertrain

The powertrain details for the Sonata facelift have yet to be revealed by Hyundai. The pre-facelift model was offered with a variety of petrol powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid option. The previous N line Sonata had a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine that produced 290hp and 422Nm and was mated to an 8-speed DCT transmission. The Sonata facelift, as well as its N Line variant, are expected to retain the same powertrain options as the outgoing model.

Launching of 2023 Hyundai Sonata in India

The Sonata was first introduced in India in 2001, competing with the Honda Accord. In India, Hyundai offered three generations of the Sonata, with the second-generation model debuting in 2005. This model was eventually updated in 2009. The third-generation model, which featured Hyundai’s ‘fluidic design’ language, was introduced in 2012. However, it was eventually discontinued in India in 2015 due to a decline in D-segment sedan sales.

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