Hyundai has unveiled the refreshed 2024 Sonata with a captivating and futuristic exterior design. The interior of the mid-size sedan has also received an extensive update, featuring new display screens. The Sonata is expected to hit the U.S. market later this year, following in the footsteps of other recent Hyundai redesigns like the Kona crossover, the Staria van, and the Grandeur sedan. The latest Sonata boasts a distinct and innovative appearance that distinguishes it from its 2020 predecessor.
Hyundai’s 8th generation Sonata, with chassis code “DN8,” was initially unveiled in early 2019 for overseas markets and made its way to Pakistan in July 2021 as a locally assembled vehicle. The mid-size sedan’s arrival in Pakistan marks a significant milestone as the first entry in its segment. Since its introduction, the Sonata has garnered considerable attention in the country and received widespread praise, earning multiple awards.
Despite its success in Korea, where it was considered a “People’s car,” the 8th generation Sonata faced some setbacks. The model, which was once a best-seller, dropped to the 5th spot in terms of sales, with a nearly 30% decrease year-over-year. As a result, Hyundai slowed down production and even shut down the assembly line due to low sales. Several factors, including the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and polarizing exterior design, contributed to the model’s declining popularity among consumers.
New Exterior of Hyundai Sonata Facelift
Speculation about a possible mid-cycle makeover for the Hyundai Sonata was put to rest earlier this year when a camouflaged prototype was spotted in Korea. The 8th generation Sonata represents a new design philosophy for the brand, incorporating Hyundai’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design language and a 4-door coupe profile.
While the DN8 Sonata was the first model to adopt this design approach, the facelift takes it to the next level with significant exterior changes and new design elements. Unlike typical facelifts that involve minor updates, the Sonata’s makeover is more extensive, representing a major transformation. As a result, there are few carryovers from the pre-facelift model, and the updated Sonata boasts an intriguing and unique appearance.
The interior of the updated Sonata has undergone extensive upgrades that parallel the changes to the exterior design. A new fully digital instrument cluster is among the significant changes, featuring a 12.3-inch instrument panel and a 12.3-inch infotainment system that creates a panoramic curved display.
Additionally, the central console has a new design, and the gear shift selector has been relocated to the steering column, creating more storage space and a less cluttered appearance. The central armrest has also been redesigned, providing an extended surface area for added comfort. The air vents are now elongated and slim, spanning the width of the dashboard, contributing to the vehicle’s modern look.
Other enhancements include a new steering wheel and touch-type climate control panel, elevating the Sonata’s appearance to a premium level.