We have read on Motor1.com that Hyundai confirmed the reveal of the 8th generation Sonata at April’s New York AutoShow according to the interview with Hyundai’s head of korean design center SangYup Lee.
Is the new Sonata a big Avante? The existing Avante has been rated as completely new design. It was designed with the idea to be liked by everyone, young and old, and the former high-performance model, the Avante Sport, was popular very with its sporty design. Despite this was a partial change, creates a lot of controversy for people dislike this new design, specially in the case of the Sport version. This has made consumers more sensitive to what they expect on the new Sonata.
However, the new Sonata seems to be nicer & sportier than its predecessor and looks like it follow many design cues from the Le Fil Rouge, a concept car model showed by Hyundai at Geneva Motor Show, and which has received good receivement.
“The new Sonata is quite challenging for us obviously just because we all know that market is shrinking and taken over by SUVs,” Lee said.
What we know so far?
A month ago, we announced that Hyundai executives have been green-lighted the Sonata N, according to AutoPost, and it’s currently under development. Despite that, this Sonata is not the Sonata N.
What we can expect in terms of engines on the Sonata N? Report assumes that will use the 2.0 Turbo GDi with a final output between 250 & 275 hp, but at the same time they talk about a rumour that says the chosen one will be the new Theta-3 2.5-liter Turbo GDi, over 280 hp. New Sonata DN8 production will start on the 15th of March 2019, so we expect to see it at NY Auto Show on April.
Regular powertrain will be based on the new NA 2.5-liter GDi, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants to come alongside the regular model while the latest generation of Sonata models received the Hybrid variant a few months later the launch of NA models, with the new generation this won’t happened. Hyundai planned to have ready the full line-up at the time of launch, that’s why they’re already testing both versions.