The new Sonata features a sportier exterior design, especially in N-Line trim level.
It is the first Hyundai model to have two 12.3-inch screens integrated into a curved panel at the top of the dashboard.
The complete details will be available after the model’s launch later this week.
Hyundai unveiled the first images of the redesigned 2024 Sonata earlier today, three days ahead of its launch at the Seoul Mobility Show.
After having been the best-selling segment in North America for many years in the 80s and 90s, midsize sedans are now very far behind crossovers and SUVs in terms of sales.
This has pushed many automakers to abandon this category over the last few years and Hyundai announced last year that the Sonata would reach the end of its career in 2028, at which point it could be replaced by an electric model.
This doesn’t mean that the Sonata won’t receive any updates until then, however. Indeed, the company unveiled the first images of an extensive redesign that will allow the sedan to stay up to date for a few more years.
This is not a complete rework since the platform and the overall shape of the car remain the same, but the front and rear ends have been modified to an extent that they can’t be mistaken for the older model.
Up front, the new Sonata features an elevated LED lightbar that follows the edge of the hood and runs across the entire front end, a detail that has also been seen on the new 2024 Kona.
Under this lightbar, the grille has been entirely reworked and it now integrates the hidden headlamps in each upper corner.
At the rear, the taillamp units keep the same overall shape since they are still connected at the top by a dark strip that runs at the edge of the decklid, but the rest is very different.
Indeed, the new Sonata features “H” pattern lights composed of two short vertical elements on each side and a thin horizontal line that connects them, similar to the current Elantra.
As with other recent Hyundai models, the Sonata appears to have a variation of Pixel LEDs where instead of small squares, the lighting elements are bigger rectangles.
This combines to give the sedan a more aggressive and dynamic look than before, especially on the sportier N-Line model which also features four large exhaust outlets mounted into a unique rear diffuser and a small spoiler.
Inside, the new Sonata is the first Hyundai model to be equipped with a curved panel that integrates two 12.3-inch screens for the digital instrument cluster and the infotainment system.
This detail is similar to the displays found in the IONIQ family of electric cars, but its curvature actually makes it closer to the Kia lineup in terms of functionality and appearance.
With the arrival of this new panel, the dashboard has been entirely reworked and it now integrates touch-based controls for most functions of the climate control system, except for two physical knobs for the temperature.
Physical buttons have also been retained for key functions of the infotainment system and are placed between the climate control and the center screen.
The center console is also new since the electronic gear shifter has been moved to the steering column as in the IONIQ 5.
The other apparent change to the interior of the new Sonata is the three-spoke steering wheel which is also inspired by the IONIQ models.
Hyundai has yet to announce technical details about the 2024 Sonata and its powertrains, but this information should be available soon since the model’s official launch will take place on March 30th at the Seoul Mobility Show.