The Sonata has definitely been known as one of the Hyundai’s best-selling vehicles. Although it was completely redesigned for the year 2018, this luxurious sedan has already been on its way to hit the market as a 2019 Hyundai Sonata model. However, no major changes and updates should be expected besides its hybrid and plug-in hybrid system under the hood.
Since the exterior of the Hyundai Sonata has been quite fresh, the 2019 model definitely won’t bring any revolutionary features in terms of design. The Sonata should ride on the same platform as its predecessor. Its body, overall dimensions and features should remain mostly the same, especially on the base SE trim. When it comes to higher trim levels such as Sport and Limited, the fans might hope for some innovative and improved equipment packages. These models will show some serious redesign in both – the front and the rear end. They will appear sportier, especially in the rear fascia where you will find a reworked spoiler and a new set of LED taillights. The new Sonata will wear a distinctive large grille, an aggressive bumper and a redesigned set of LED headlights. It should stand on standard 16-inch alloy wheels, but other choices will also be available for higher trim levels.
The interior of the 2019 Hyundai Sonata will be modern, comfortable and spacious. This luxury sedan will perfectly accommodate up to five adult passengers and improve its overall comfort. The best equipment and most improved cabin will be found in the Limited version, of course. However, the base model will also receive some significant updates, especially in terms of technology. There will be a 7.0-inch touch-screen display with the latest infotainment and entertainment system. It will provide features such as navigation system, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity and a nine-speaker audio system. The new Sonata should also include numerous advanced safety systems and driver assist features such as adaptive cruise control, airbags, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist.
The outgoing Sonata uses a 2.4-liter inline-four that delivers the output of 185 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. This probably won’t change for a base 2019 model. Other versions could come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that hits 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. The new Sonata should come with a six-speed automatic transmission and perhaps, an optional eight-speed. The plug-in hybrid version of the new Sonata will use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor.
2019 Hyundai Sonata Release Date and Price
The production of the 2019 Hyundai Sonata in the US is expected to start in August 2018, but it should hit the Korean market first. The price of this sedan starts around $22,000 for a base model, but it could go up to $35,485 for a plug-in version.