The eighth-generation Hyundai Sonata was launched exactly four years ago in South Korea, so it’s high time for a mid-cycle update. While most facelifts bring evolutionary changes, we know that the midsize sedan will get some significant changes up front. You can tell by the bulky camouflage of this prototype being tracked down on a rainy day in California that the styling tweaks will be substantial.
As seen in adjacent renders based on a spy shot of an undisguised prototype, the 2024 Sonata will have a futuristic front end with a wide Kona-style light bar or staria. These will serve as daytime running lights as the main cluster will be mounted lower. Yes, yet another car with split headlights is coming soon. You can see cutouts in the camo revealing sections of the DRLs at the top of the low beam/high beam.
Earlier this month, our spies caught a prototype with even more camo plastered all over the body. Nevertheless, this test vehicle included a juicy treat as there was a sticker on the windshield, revealing an all-wheel-drive setup. It’s been a long time coming considering the mechanically linked Kia K5 is available with AWD.
The camouflage-less car spotted at her home in South Korea was likely captured during a photoshoot. If our hypothesis is correct, it means hyundai will officially unveil Sonata 2024 in the coming weeks or months. When that happens, expect to see a heavily redesigned interior with a large side-by-side screen layout dominating the dash, similar to other recent Hyundai and Kia models.
The Korean brand still has hopes for the good old sedan body style in the SUV era, as the updated Sonata will sit above the recently facelifted Elantra and below the Size flagship. Let’s not forget that the all-electric Ioniq 6 is technically also a sedan, despite its slender silhouette.
However, a report from Automotive News published in May 2022 claimed the Sonata might not be long for this worldspeculating that it will be phased out completely by 2027 or 2028. Before that, the end is near for the model in the US, although nothing is official.