The Kona isn’t the only car Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors is launching soon – the company also previewed the new Hyundai Sonata to the media this week. Fully imported from South Korea, the eighth-generation DN8 will be fighting in a D-segment sedan market that is slowly shrinking but still counts the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat as its fiercest competitors.
For now, the new contender is wading into battle in just a single trim level, powered by a new 2.5 litre Smartstream MPI four-cylinder petrol engine. It makes 175 hp at 6,000 rpm and 232 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, all of which go through a six-speed automatic gearbox to the front wheels.
The new Sonata certainly looks a great deal different compared to its staid predecessor. The first car to bear Hyundai’s latest Sensuous Sportiness design language, it returns to the sleek four-door coupé look first seen on the sixth-generation YF.
At the front, you’ll find a far wider and more aggressive…