- Published: Saturday, 15 July 2017 07:08
7th-gen big sedan gets major makeover, no turbo for 2017
SINGAPORE - Does this look like a Korean sedan to you?
It’s the facelifted Hyundai Sonata big sedan, which gets a makeover for 2017. The big things to notice are the huge grille, which is diamond-shaped but also more figured, the re-shaped headlight clusters, the L-shaped LED daytime running lights and a new front splitter design.
The rear end sees a restyled lower section and tailpipe, plus taillights that look cribbed from Hyundai’s Genesis luxury arm.
The facelift does make a bigger impression than before - the current seventh-generation Hyundai Sonata debuted in early 2015 here in Singapore, and impressed us with its mix of good looks, great refinement and a lively drive that, like Kia’s Optima, reset the expectations of a large Korean sedan.
The interior sees a similar improvement, with a new three-spoke design steering wheel, more piano black keys, revised controls (AC, audio, etc). Another USB charge port will be included in the centre console, as well as the wireless charging seen on the Ioniq hybrid, there’s also more safety in the form of active bending headlights and blind spot monitoring, as well as rear cross traffic alerts. Buyers can also expect six airbags, dual zone climate control and a panoramic sunroof.
While the 2.0-litre GDI turbo is already prevalent in other markets, the Hyundai Sonatas that come here will stick with the tried-and-tested 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Nu engine. Performance remains the same with a 0-100km/h time of 11.1 seconds, top speed of 200km/h.
Official dealer Komoco Motors is slating the new Sonata for a third quarter launch here in Singapore, pricing information is not available yet but it should be close to the current model’s.