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Hyundai 2018 Sonata berths with high-end features

By Benjamin Alade
10 November 2017   |   3:51 am
Hyundai has remodeled the midsized Sonata family sedan with a long list of standard and accessible features, integrating a perfect mix of excellent fuel economy and mileage.

Hyundai 2018 Sonata

Hyundai has remodeled the midsized Sonata family sedan with a long list of standard and accessible features, integrating a perfect mix of excellent fuel economy and mileage.

The rare blend of comfort, cavernous trunk and unprecedented cabin space that could arguably be the most impressive in its class yet. Assembled locally at the Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited plant in Lagos, the 2018 Sonata comes equipped with numerous other niceties. These include the proximity key with push-button start, power driver’s seat as well as shiftronic gear system with courtesy door lamps, this all new Sonata could be the car to beat, or perhaps, an attraction of many auto buffs.

The 2018 Sonata is also equipped with rear parking sensors/back warning camera, engine immobilizer and perceptible front grill among others.Described as a comprehensive makeover of its predecessor that somewhat didn’t see any major changes since 2015, the face-lifted Sonata is an adept family hauler that expresses proficient and distinctive gaze that could entice upwardly mobile executives and well-heeled officials as well as anyone with an eye for specifics.

Suffice to say, there are indeed, no dull moments with the new Sonata, given the so much likes in the stylish sedan that sits five passengers over long distances with an adaptable room to stretch even when stuck in traffic.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony in Lagos yesterday, Head, Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Motors Nigeria, Gaurav Vashisht, said almost every exterior element of the car has been reworked, beginning from the forward A-pillars.

Unlike its predecessor, Vashisht said, the front end of the car has become more muscular, blending with Hyundai’s new cascading grille design with an aggressive lower facia, new headlights and a reshaped hood.

He said Hyundai has also thoroughly reworked the rear side, which now incorporates new trunked-lid, taillights and rear bumper with a marginally adapted interior that plagiarizes high-end cars’ center stack though retaining its intuitive layout knobs and controls of higher quality feel and a new three-spoke steering wheel.

“When it comes to delivering everything you would expect from a midsize family sedan, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata does not disappoint. It has a spacious interior with worthy seats and a long list of standard features and well-laid out controls that reassures on smooth ride,” the HMNL sales and marketing helmsman affirmed.

Also adding that the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is though available in six trim levels, the sales and marketing helmsman said:“Only the Elite SE 2.0L and Elite SE 2.4L variants, which are already in designated HMNL showrooms, will be marketed locally.”

Standard features on both models include front wheel drive, a rear lip spoiler, cruise control, full power accessories, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic control/rear air-conditioning vents, luxury leather seats and a 60/40 split-folding seatback.

Technology features however include Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player, radio, automatic headlights, rearview camera, a 5-inch LCD display, USB port and an auxiliary audio input and Hyundai Security System.

While both variants are powered by a four-cylinder engine; the 2.0-Liter variantis mated to a 157ps @ 6200rpm and the 2.4-Litreis fused to a 171ps @ 6000rpm. Both models are however paired to a six-speed automatic transmission that raises the EPA fuel economy numbers to 23mpg highway from 22/31mpg. The SE 2.0-Liter model is on the other hand, mountedon a17” Alloy wheels while the SE 2.4-Liter seatson 18” Alloy wheels.

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