Hyundai isn’t holding its punches when it comes to getting us revved up for the 2018 Sonata. Rather, it’s cutting to the chase with sketches on its official worldwide Hyundai Motor Company Facebook page.
The model won’t be getting a complete overhaul for the new year. But it does gets a nice facelift. Notably, the grille grows in size. The hexagon shape remains, but it’s wider and higher from the looks of the teaser images. It also ditches the horizontal style in favor of a more subtle chain link design.
The sketches show a side by side evolution of the model over the past two generations. Clearly showing the model taking a more ground hugging and wider stance with time.
The strong hood lines, which arrived with the current generation, appear to get sharper in the facelift. The rear shows a simplification of the taillights. There’s less shine in favor of a more streamlined. The taillights get darker and the spoiler seems to grow.
The more exciting updates will appeal to those wanting to stay on top tech wise. The model gets the latest infotainment system. It will work with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The engine details aren’t out yet. It’s likely to stick to the same current three engine choices or comparable options. Right now it offers a 2.4-liter with 185-horses, an eco 1.6-liter with 178-horses, and the top 2.0-liter turbo with 245-horses. There’s also a chance it will tweak the 2.0 to get an improved 260-horsepower.
We’re still waiting to see if it will get a price bump for the new year.
More details will likely make its first showing at the New York Auto Show next month. It could start selling soon after with the early 2018 models.