Hyundai Motor Company launched the enhanced 2024 Sonata midsize sedan during a YouTube news conference on Aug. 30.
Simon Loasby, influential designer and head of the style group at Hyundai, walked viewers through the design upgrades.
José Muñoz, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, discussed why consumers are showing renewed interest in sedans.
The new 2024 Sonata goes on sale this winter.
“With a total of nearly three million sedans sold in the U.S. in the past twelve months, those new buyers and owners seeking to stay in the sedan segment will find that Hyundai is there with beautifully updated Sonata models,” said Muñoz in a recent news release. “Sonata will now be available in all-wheel-drive, attracting even more sedan buyers to Sonata.”
Hyundai’s Hyundai TRACtion (HTRAC) AWD system is now available on Sonata for the first time.
HTRAC is mated to the 2.5L engine to provide all-weather capabilities and enhanced driving performance by actively distributing torque between the front and rear wheels, depending on road conditions and driving situations.
Sonata will once again be available as a standard internal combustion engine (ICE) model, sporty N Line variant, or hybrid-electric (HEV) version, with a range of engine options.
“We wanted to give Sonata a more contemporary design statement,” said Loasby. “It is super wide, fresh, modern, and very cool. Its low-slung design embodies our theme of sensuous sportiness, and its coupe-like styling makes this the most aerodynamic Sonata design ever. A true sports family sedan.”
Improved Control and Driver Experience with HTRAC AWD
- The Sonata’s all-wheel drive system is front-wheel drive-based
- HTRAC uses an electro-hydraulic system to control AWD
- Snow drive mode enhances driver security and all-weather confidence
- Normal, smart, sport, and custom drive modes adjust settings for engine, transmission, AWD (when equipped), and steering mapping
Elevated User Experience with a Variety of Purposeful Technologies and Features
The new Sonata can be locked, unlocked, and started through the Digital Key 2.
Digital Key 2 uses near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth low energy (BLE), and ultra-wideband (UWB) protocols on smartphones or smart watches (Android and iOS).
The panoramic curved display houses a 12.3-inch driver information cluster and a 12.3-inch audio-video navigation (AVN) system.
Likewise, the head-up display (HUD) shows the most relevant information for drivers as a 12-inch projection on the windshield.
The improved 12-speaker Bose sound system with new CenterPoint 360 technology has been tuned by Bose engineers.
The new 2024 Sonata also features continuous over-the-air (OTA) software updates, allowing car owners to save money and have their cars maintained with the latest software. Sonata also boasts a power trunk.
Proactive Safety Features for a Relaxed Driving Experience
The new Sonata also has driver assistance and safety features to provide a comfortable driving experience.
It is equipped with forward collision-avoidance assist 1.5, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision assist, safe exit warning, safe exit assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, smart cruise control with stop & go, available navigation-based smart cruise control, and available highway driving assist.
Remote smart parking assist enables the user to park the vehicle and exit parking spots by remotely reversing and forwarding with the smart key from outside the vehicle.
Rear occupant alert helps determine whether an infant is left unattended in the vehicle and provides a notification.
Sonata has further improved noise, vibration, and harshness performance — with body reinforcements and a change of steering wheel material.
Powertrains That Deliver Performance and Fuel Efficiency
The lineup includes a gasoline-powered 2.5L engine, a 2.5L turbo engine, and a 2.0L hybrid electric (HEV). The 2.5L turbo was developed especially for the N Line.
The HEV model is equipped with e-motion drive. It has paddle shifters and a regenerative braking mode to further increase fuel efficiency.