Although the Nigerian new auto market has undergone a constant fall over the past time, Hyundai has just released its latest Sonata model on Thursday. The sedan features various upgrades and a whole new look.
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The all-new Hyundai Sonata
The new member of Sonata family is redesigned to freshen 7th generation package. Particularly, the 2018 Sonata features seven-layered grill indicating 7th generation, muscular design language with sunken and angled corner vents, new head lights and strong lower panel.
Standard features for both variants include cruise control, front wheel drive, a rear lip spoiler, posh leather seats, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, automatic control/rear air-conditioning vents, and a 60/40 split-folding seats.
The high-tech gadget includes bluetooth portal, automatic headlights, rearview camera, auxiliary audio input, 5-inch standard touchscreen, a 5-inch LCD display, and Hyundai Security System.
The 2018 Sonata is available in 6 trim level globally, in which Elite SE 2.0L and Elite SE 2.4L variants are dedicated to the Nigerian market. Both variants are powered by 6-speed automatic transmission and four-cylinder engine. The 2.4-Litre has a higher max power of 171ps @ 6000rpm, while that of the 2.0-Liter variant is a little lower, at 157ps @ 6200rpm.
In total, the new Sonata can ferry five passengers with noticeably spacious back seats that enable it to sit more passengers. For long trips, the room is adaptable for stretching legs. Additionally, the 16.3 cubic feet trunk can house the bulkiest cargo for family needs.
Both variants come with such standard safety features as front-seat airbags, central locking, antilock disc brakes, keyless entry, traction and stability control, and the Hyundai Security System.
The Sonata achieves a perfect five-star overall rating in government crash testing, with five stars overall for its performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests which can give its passengers peace of mind over all rides.
Despite the high report card score attained, Sonata faces such multiple locally assembled rivals as Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Camry and Kia Optima.