Just recently, our spy photographers caught up with a test mule undergoing testing. Although the prototype was concealed with heavy cladding, we could immediately tell that it is the new 2019 Hyundai Sonata. At first it was hard to believe, but after doing research we found out that we were actually behind the news as the same spy photos had already gone viral on the internet.
2019 Hyundai Sonata Release Date & Price
According to popular online publications, the new model should be expected to be released sometime this fall in Korea. Also, the U.S spec model should probably be ready for debut in one of the upcoming motor shows. As for the price, our best bet is the vehicle will increase its pricing structure a bit to commensurate with the expected changes. As such, we should expect to pay something in the upwards of $22K.
Rendering & Spy Shots
Hyundai seems to be on a roll. The marque seems to be working on its bread and butter models that include the Genesis luxury brand, the Elantra GT, and now the 2019 Hyundai Sonata. According to the teaser images, it appears that the designers have infused the handsome look of the Accent and that of the Elantra together to come up with the Sonata. In fact, upfront, the grille and the lights seem to be almost identical in some ways.
To this point however, no one exactly knows what Hyundai has up its sleeves except the aesthetic ones that can be seen on the exterior of the spy models. What we however expect to remain are the fundamental values that have made it a great vehicle up to this far. Some of these fundamental basics include a spacious interior, excellent crash test ratings, a decade-long warranty (unless it’s changed), user-friendly controls, and a smooth highway ride.
Just last year, Hyundai released their seventh generation Sonata but it lacked anything evolutionary especially the styling zest that was a common thing among this luxury sedan design cues. Therefore, inasmuch as we don’t expect much changes for the eighth generation model, we do expect Hyundai to make some efforts to help keep their image afloat in their class.
There’re reasons to believe that the 2019 Hyundai Sonata is going to be the last model constructed using the current architecture. But only time will tell whether or not Hyundai is committed in continuing being a standout brand in terms of style and designs.
See, the Hyundai Sonata rarely disappointed when it came to delivering everything one would need from the midsize sedan segment. It offered – and hopefully it still will – a smooth ride, well-laid out controls, a ton of standard features, and spacious interior. Anyone in the past who’s been looking up for a sedan that matches those criteria must have encountered the Sonata at one point in their searches.
The Hyundai Sonata 2019 will inevitably find itself in a segment full of similarly well-equipped models. Some of the long-term standard-bearers in this class include the Chevrolet Malibu, sporty Nissan Altima, Mazda 6, and the well-rounded Ford Fusion. Despite having such a formidable company, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata, just like its predecessors, should be a standout model thanks to its value preposition.
How Will The Interior Change?
Just like the models of yore, the new 2019 Hyundai Sonata should offer features dependent on the trim chosen. For instance, the Sonata SE being the most basic model in the entire Sonata lineup provides so-so material quality, whereas opting for the range-topping Sonata Limited gives much value.
For instance, opting for then base should give you features such as Bluetooth connectivity, a 60/40-split-folding seatback, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a rear lip spoiler, full power accessories, and heated mirrors. But gong for the fully equipped Sonata Limited model gets you features such as adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, a premium Infinity nine-speaker audio system, rear window sunshades, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and driver memory settings.
Exterior Design Facelifts
For 2019, we still expect the Hyundai Sonata to return with what it calls its “signature cascading grille”. A notable change we expect to see however is a more sculpted front bumper. Other changes we should include new lighting units on the headlights/taillights and a new trunk lid.
According to images, the Hyundai Sport models get updated front and rear fascias, a gloss-black window trim, and a unique mesh grille. We don’t expect Hyundai to change the current wheel designs it currently offers though – 16/17/18-inches.
Engine Performance & Specs
Last year, Hyundai didn’t make any changes to this crucial area. Hyundai might still return the powertrains unchanged for the 2019 model year – as no one really knows what’s up their sleeves.
Given the drivetrains remain the same, then we should expect to see the same engine lineup as before. The lineup consists of several engines with the most basic being a 2.4L inline-4 engine rated at 185 horsepower and 178 lbs. ft. of torque. The most potent is a 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at 245 hp and 260 pounds of torque.
The former engine returns mated ton a six-speed automatic transmission system and a FWD. The feisty one, on the hand, is expected to come with an eight-speed automatic shifter and a FWD. fuel economy ratings as awarded by EPA are exemplary feats that Hyundai takes pride in. the basic model returns 29 mpg in combined city and highway cruising.
How does safety compare? When we say the Sonata is a well-rounded model, we mean every word we say. The existing model – and the new 2019 Sonata by ‘wishing’ – achieved a perfect five star overall rating from the NHTSA. Also, the model impressed during the IIHS testing where it achieved a “Good” rating.
Although the Sonata seems to be a winner by history of the model alone, the segment is one that keeps changing a lot and there might be surprises should Hyundai continue with its passive approach to designs. All in all, much of the details about the 2019 Hyundai Sonata are not known.