The 2016 Hyundai Sonata with has been unveiled with more standard equipment. Since the D Segment sedan entered into a new generation only recently, the model year update doesn’t feature any significant visual change.
The Limited variant incorporates front bumper from the Sport variant and adds new 17-inch alloy wheels and sunroof. The rest of the variants continue without any visual enhancements.
New standard equipment include 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with rear view camera and Android Auto. Limited 2.0T model also gets heated steering wheel.
While the sedan looks pretty much the same, significant engineering improvements have been made under the skin. The updated sedan now employs several aluminium components in the suspension system which reduces weight and unsprung mass, thereby improving ride and handling characteristics. Steering knuckle, assist arms, upper and lower suspension arms are now made of the lighter metal.
The variants which are fitted with the Forward Collision warning system now also benefit from Automatic Emergency Braking System.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata has already started arriving at the US dealerships with prices starting at USD 21,750 (around INR 14.44 lakhs). Hyundai India opted to discontinue the older gen Sonata without replacing it with the new gen model since demand for the D segment sedans has been declining sharply in India. We don’t expect it here anytime soon.