The fluid, flowing lines of its YF predecessor are gone, replaced by a more mature and stoic appearance afforded by the ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design language (see new Hyundai Genesis). But where have we seen that hexagonal grille before…?
Hyundai says more advanced high-strength steel (51% vs 21% previously) has been used in the new car’s platform. Along with increased use of structural adhesives, more hot-stamped parts and the addition of dual-member structures in key body areas, the next-gen Hyundai Sonata promises to be lighter and 40% more rigid than before.
The Korean carmaker is aiming for a “Good” IIHS small overlap test score with this one – seven airbags and “new seat belt technologies” are mentioned. Expect the cabin to undergo some changes, too.