All-Wheel Drive is Here!
It has been exactly four years since the eighth-generation Hyundai Sonata was revealed in South Korea, capacity for a significant remodeling is needed. Sources confirming this info indicated that the mid-sized sedan’s front would witness some major changes. This prototype with hefty camouflage spotted during a wet day in California clearly gave away that these adjustments appearing in its aesthetic design will be considerable.
An overview of the forthcoming 2024 Hyundai Sonata, based on an exposed prototype, indicates that the car will include a cutting-edge front end, like the Kona or Staria designs, featuring a wide light bar. This bar will act as the Daytime Running Lights, with the primary array being set lower. As seen in the camouflage edits, this entailing a split headlight system is shortly onboard. The slots divulge pieces of the top-set DRLs beside the long and short beams.
Recently, our informants happened upon a camouflaged model showcasing even more concealment. Though hidden underneath layers of disguise, the prototype still included one clue; a sticker showcased on the windshield stipulated that all-wheel-drive would be featured. Since the mechanical descendants of this vehicle, such as the Kia K5, have already been furnished with all-wheel-drive, it was only a matter of time before the new generation pursued a similar option.
A car sans camouflage was likely snapped at its home base of South Korea, leading us to believe that Hyundai will shortly be showing us the 2024 Sonata. Once that happens, anticipate the unveiling of a retooled interior featuring a similar, large side-by-side display dominating the dash like in numerous latest Hyundai and Kia automobiles.
The Korean carmaker continues to trust in the resilient classic sedan profile in the SUV era, with the new Sonata fitting at a higher level than the recently freshened out Elantra, yet beneath their Grandeur banner bearer. Let’s not forget too hastily that the wholly electric Ioniq 6 is also technically considered a sedan despite its sloped-back liftback shape.
In May 2022, Automotive News released a report indicating that the Sonata may have limited life expectancy, speculating its full discontinuation by either 2027 or 2028. As of now, there is no official confirmation that the model will soon be terminated in the US however.
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