Hyundai swung for the fences with the eighth-generation Sonata and a number of people will tell you they whiffed thanks to an unconventional design that was met with a mixed reaction. The company is now addressing those complaints with the 2024 Sonata, which features an all-new front end that trades fishy for futuristic.

While we’ve already seen the facelifted model, Hyundai unveiled the US-spec sedan earlier today and it adopts a Sensuous Sportiness design that incorporates a Seamless Horizon Lamp that spans the width of the front end. It’s joined by a new front bumper, larger intakes, and ‘hidden’ headlights.

The changes to the rear are less extensive, but customers will find new “H-lights” that are designed to emphasize the car’s width and “high-tech character.” They’re joined by a sporty bumper and a black spoiler.

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2024 Sonata N Line

Buyers looking for something more aggressive can opt for the Sonata N Line, which is distinguished by a larger grille and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. The sedan has also been outfitted with a four-tailpipe exhaust system and a more pronounced spoiler. The special touches don’t end there as the model can be equipped with exclusive Aero Matte Silver paint featuring “bright and clean metallic pigment that changes warmth and coolness depending on the light.”

A New Cabin With 12.3-Inch Displays

 2024 Hyundai Sonata Arrives In America With Bold Looks And Optional AWD

While most facelifts focus on the exterior, Hyundai revamped the cabin as there’s a new dashboard that trades soft curves for strong horizontal lines. Drivers will also find a new panoramic curved display, which consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment system. The latter supports over-the-air updates as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all trims.

Putting screens aside, the 2024 Sonata adopts new switchgear, a revamped center console, and a relocated shifter. Buyers will also find a 12-inch head-up display and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, which now has CenterPoint 360 technology to “deliver a rich and immersive listening experience in every seat.” Other highlights include a first-in-class power trunk and Digital Key 2 technology, which supports ultra-wide band communications.

We’ll learn full equipment details closer to launch, but Hyundai said the Sonata N Line will be distinguished by red contrast stitching and red painted accents. Other highlights include cross-metal patterned trim and “exclusive features such as Active Sound Design, Launch Control, N Powershift, and Rev Matching.”

A Host Of Driver Assistance Systems Including Available Highway Driving Assist

2024 Sonata Hybrid

On the safety front, buyers will find an assortment of driver assistance systems including Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Blind-Spot Collision Assist. They’re joined by Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Safe Exit Warning, and Safe Exit Assist.

The model will also be offered with Highway Driving Assist and navigation-based Smart Cruise Control. Customers can also get Remote Smart Parking Assist, which enables them to remotely park and reverse the car.

Three Engines And Newly Available AWD

 2024 Hyundai Sonata Arrives In America With Bold Looks And Optional AWD

Hyundai was coy on performance specifications, but confirmed the 2024 Sonata will be offered with turbocharged and naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines as well as a hybridized 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Speaking of the latter, Hyundai said the Sonata Hybrid gains paddle shifters and a regenerative braking mode to further increase fuel efficiency.

The company didn’t disclose numbers, but the 2.5-liter four-cylinder produced 191 hp (142 kW / 194 PS) and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm) of torque in the 2023 Sonata. Likewise, the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine in the Sonata N Line cranked out 290 hp (216 kW / 294 PS) and 311 lb-ft (421 Nm) of torque.

The old Sonata Hybrid used a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, which enabled it to have 180 hp (134 kW / 183 PS) and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque. However, the new 2.0-liter engine will likely be far less powerful as it’s rated at 150 hp (112 kW / 152 PS) and 139 lb-ft (188 Nm) of torque in Korea.

While a number of questions remain, Hyundai confirmed Sonatas equipped with the 2.5-liter engine will be offered with an optional all-wheel drive system for the first time. The company didn’t go into many specifics, but said the system will actively distribute torque between the front and rear wheels depending on road conditions as well as the driving situation.

Powertrains aside, Hyundai announced a handful of noise, vibration, and harshness improvements. The automaker said these were made possible thanks to body reinforcements and a “change of steering wheel material.”

The 2024 Sonata will arrive in the United States this winter and pricing will be announced closer to launch. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if it costs more than the 2023 model, which begins at $25,450 before a $1,115 destination charge.

 2024 Hyundai Sonata Arrives In America With Bold Looks And Optional AWD

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