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[PHOTOS] 2020 Hyundai Sonata Brings New Looks, New Tech to New York Auto Show

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Boasting new looks, built on a new platform, and featuring new advanced technology, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata basked in the spotlight today at its New York International Auto Show debut.

“Sonata is our signature product,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of product, corporate, and digital planning for Hyundai Motor America. “Having been one of our first and most successful nameplates, Sonata is our legacy, and it needs to be special and memorable in all attributes. Sonata signifies our vision for future Hyundai designs, great active safety systems, and cutting edge technology that is effortless.”

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A sleek new exterior

The 2020 Sonata grabs attention immediately with its all-new exterior look — dubbed “Sensuous Sportiness” by Hyundai. Built as a four-door coupe, the Sonata features a new Digital Pulse Cascading Grille; attractive Hidden Lighting Lamps that look like chrome when turned off; and a widened, lowered profile with flowing lines. Underneath these striking features is an all-new platform that’s stronger, safer, lighter, and more high-tech than its predecessor.

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An airy, streamlined cabin

The cabin of the 2020 Sonata is designed to communicate spaciousness and sophistication. It features a wing-shaped instrument panel integrating a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, a compressed dashboard and vents, a compact shift-by-wire gear selector, light fabrics, and an available panoramic sunroof.  

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Heightened performance

The 2020 Sonata offers two new Smartstream engines: a 2.5-liter GDI and a 1.6-liter T-GDI. The 2.5-liter engine delivers 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, along with 33 combined mpg. The 1.6-liter engine puts out 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, plus 31 combined mpg. Both engines are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Sonata also comes with an enhanced front and rear suspension and more powerful brakes for more agile and responsive handling.

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Visionary technologies

One of the 2020 Sonata’s most advanced features is the new Hyundai Digital Key system. Using Near Field Communication technology, this system allows drivers to lock, unlock, and start the Sonata using a special Android smartphone app instead of a physical key. The Sonata also features cutting-edge safety technologies enabled by 15 sensors and five cameras. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, parking-assistance tools, and a surround-view monitor.

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata will begin production this September and start rolling into dealerships the following month.

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