Hyundai’s latest wave of releases has shown that good things happen when the mold breaks. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is a clear example. With unique design elements on the market, a giant leap in technology and a very high degree of refinement, the Korean sedan debuts the new generation to make it difficult for Mazda 6 and company.
Its design is not for everyone, of course, but there are indeed many spectacular elements in the appearance of the new Sonata. The front is one of them. Beyond the huge grill and along the chest, the LED lighting will make you turn to see it. The chrome strip that goes from the headlights to the waist lights up partially, forming a very attractive LED signature that is unlike anything on the streets today.
The car’s silhouette is inspired by a coupe, without calling itself a four-door coupe. The roof elegantly fades into the medallion, which in turn is topped by a short trunk lid, decorated by a spoiler and wedge-shaped skulls, linked end to end by an LED strip.
Hyundai has greatly improved the finishes of its cars in recent years, but the Sonata leaps refinement to shade even models of luxury brands, such as Infiniti or Cadillac – in the words of those who already drove it. The selection of materials, the color combination and the attention to detail are outstanding.
This new generation embraces some of the strongest trends in the industry, such as removing the gear stick and replacing it with button controls. Screens also dominate the cabin. As standard, it includes infotainment with an 8 “display, but the best equipped Sonata will have a 10” screen and a digital instrument panel – with highly advanced graphics – 12.3 “.
Technology plays a crucial role in describing the new Hyundai Sonata. Koreans perfect the blind spot monitor with cameras similar to the Honda LaneWatch system, but with cameras in each mirror and image displayed in the instrument cluster, to improve visibility and facilitate lane-change maneuvers.
The doors of the Sonata 2021 can be opened using the smartphone as a key thanks to its NFC (Near Field Communication) compatibility. The ** Digital Key **, as Hyundai calls it, can authorize access to various devices and allow you to lock or unlock the doors, activate the panic function, or remotely start the engine at a distance of up to 30 meters.
In terms of driving assists, the Sonata 2021 receives the latest developments from the Korean firm and incorporates them as standard. It offers adaptive cruise control, frontal collision alert with the autonomous emergency brake, pedestrian detection, lane tracking function, driver attention alert, among others.
Let’s talk about iron. For starters, the Hyundai Sonata 2021 is responsible for launching a new platform for the Korean firm, known internally as N3, and that will be used for other models of the brand, especially SUVs. The advanced nature of this architecture allows a comfortable and quiet ride.
In the United States, it can be configured with two engine options. The first is exclusive to the most accessible versions: a 2.5-liter atmospheric block capable of generating 191 hp and 181 pound-feet; the second is a 180-horsepower, 195-pound, 195-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Both engines are associated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Its range of engines falls short compared to the more powerful options of Honda Accord, Mazda 6 or KIA Optima, however, the Korean firm is evaluating the possibility of adding to the range a version with a 2.0-liter turbo engine and power close to 250 hp, as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.
The new generation of the Hyundai Sonata has already been released in its home market and will arrive in the United States later this year, to compete in the segment of medium sedans, where it will meet rivals such as Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, KIA Optima, among others.
The new Sonata is unlikely to arrive in Mexico. Its sales have not contributed much volume to the brand – which now focuses on subcompacts and SUVs – and the entire Mexican range has already released its 2019 model year, except Sonata, which invites us to think that it will come out of the catalog in brief and that there will be no intention to renew it.