The Hyundai Sonata gave up on the Indian market soon after the first-generation model with its Jaguar inspired looks created quite the impression. Subsequent models didn’t catch the Indian premium sedan buyers’ fancy, and the Sonata was quietly axed from Hyundai India’s line-up in 2015.
New renderings (by autotribune.co.kr) based on spy images accurately imagine the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. The face-lift is likely to feature Hyundai’s new ‘Cascading Grille’ that debuted on the i30 premium hatchback, along with a new front bumper and updated headlamps.
The rear end of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is expected to get a fresh set of LED tail lamps and a new bumper. Newly designed alloy wheels should round off the exterior updates. Interior updates remain undisclosed at the moment, but they’ll be subtle at best.
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There’s no word yet on the drive-train updates, but the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is expected to continue with the current crop of 2.0- and 1.6-litre turbocharged, 4-cylinder petrol engines, along with a 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder NA petrol engine; albeit with subtle tweaks to all.
A hybrid variant will also be available, the current iteration of which uses a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, NA petrol engine and a 38 kW electric motor to produce a combined output of 193HP. The plug-in hybrid variant adds a more powerful 50 kW electric motor for a combined output of 202HP.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2017. Hyundai India had showcased the Sonata Hybrid at Auto Expo 2016, hinting at a potential comeback of the mid-size sedan to the Indian market, but there’s still no word on the car’s launch.