Shortly after releasing official sketches of the refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata, an unofficial leak has apparently occurred. The enthusiast website Hyundai Blog has published what they say is an official photo of the 2018 Sonata, which follows the design of the released sketches.
While technically this is a refresh, clearly Hyundai is taking this one to the limit with design changes. The 2018 design throws in a larger, bolder grille coupled with a design theme that is borrowed from the new Elantra GT and i30. The leaked photo does not show the rear of the car, but previous sketches suggest changes around back will be limited to new taillights.
Inside the 2018 Sonata is expected to gain a new infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It isn’t yet clear if Hyundai will go any deeper with design changes inside the Sonata.
The bigger news is that Hyundai is rumored to launch a new Sonata Turbo model with the company’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Rumors are hinting that the car could have around 250 horsepower, borrowed from the i30 N.
Nonetheless, we won’t have to speculate much longer. Hyundai is expected to reveal the new Sonata at next month’s New York Auto Show.