RE­SOUND­ING REPERTOIRE

The New Facelift Sonata is poised to con­tinue the suc­cess streak of Hyundai’s most pop­u­lar ex­ec­u­tive sedan.

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The Hyundai Sonata started out as a con­ser­va­tive fam­ily sa­loon, but it has evolved over the years to meet the de­mands of buy­ers in one of the most com­pet­i­tive automobile seg­ments.

Like the mu­si­cal sonata form that de­vel­ops a lyri­cal theme over var­i­ous move­ments, the lat­est “move­ment” in this au­to­mo­tive Sonata is a midlife facelift of the sev­en­th­gen­er­a­tion Sonata.

To use the term “facelift” is a gross un­der­state­ment be­cause the lat­est Hyundai Sonata marks a com­pletely new de­sign ap­proach. The dra­matic changes that have been made, as well as new tech­nol­ogy and safety fea­tures, ri­val that of a new model.

In front, the sig­na­ture Cas­cad­ing Grille and ver­ti­cal LED day­time run­ning lamps give the new Sonata a sportier and more con­tem­po­rary ap­pear­ance. The nar­rower head­lamps project a pur­pose­ful ex­pres­sion with just a hint of ag­gres­sive­ness. Taper­ing lines on the bon­net show­case a sleeker and more chis­elled form that sug­gests dy­namism.

The in­te­rior is more vi­su­allystrik­ing than be­fore, with a re­worked cen­tre con­sole. It also feels more lux­u­ri­ous, thanks to en­hance­ments such as “piano key” con­trols for au­dio, ven­ti­la­tion and air-con­di­tion­ing func­tions, and a leather-wrapped three­spoke steer­ing wheel.

New con­nec­tiv­ity so­lu­tions, such as an ad­di­tional USB port, en­able oc­cu­pants to stream mu­sic or charge their de­vices. The stan­dard wire­less smart­phone charg­ing lets oc­cu­pants recharge their Qi-com­pat­i­ble de­vices sim­ply by plac­ing them at the bot­tom of the con­sole. The new Hyundai Sonata of­fers the most com­pre­hen­sive ad­vanced safety sys­tems in its seg­ment, in­clud­ing fea­tures such as Blind Spot De­tec­tion with Rear Cross-Traf­fic Alert.

This strik­ing and bold facelift earned the Sonata a spot as a fi­nal­ist in the 2017 In­ter­na­tional De­sign Ex­cel­lence Awards (IDEA) by the In­dus­trial De­sign­ers So­ci­ety of Amer­ica (IDSA). Th­ese changes build on the suc­cess of the Sonata and are a look at the things to come from the Ko­rean au­tomaker. Like a Beethoven sonata whose melody still lingers on even af­ter the recital has con­cluded, the new Sonata will con­tinue to move you – even when it is stand­ing still. The new Sonata will be in Sin­ga­pore in Q4 2017.

(From left to right) A blind spot mon­i­tor, ven­ti­lated front seats and wire­less charg­ing are just some of the Hyundai Sonata’s great fea­tures.

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