Hyundai Digitally Unveils North American Elantra and Sonata SedansAugust 31, 2023
Like it or not, cars are becoming more and more digital with each passing model year. And we don’t just mean screen real estate and electrification; though, those trends also serve as a good, albeit slightly different example. Digital car reveals have been a thing for quite some time and, by the looks of things, won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Hyundai digitally debuted the refreshed Sonata and Elantra sedans for the North American market. The South Korean automaker previewed some of these changes earlier this year, but now we have US-specific details of these less-than-full-size sedans.
We’ll start with the midsize Sonata, as it arguably boasts the most changes with a shakeup that’s more than skin deep. The 2024 Sonata is led by a 2.5-liter I4, similar to the current model. Also unchanged, the Sonata N Line features a turbocharged 2.5-liter and the hybrid electric model will receive a 2.0-liter engine (paired, of course, to its electrified system). It’s the 1.6-liter turbo four-banger that’s been dropped; however, what’s been gained is Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system.
This is a first for the Sonata nameplate, with the available all-wheel drive system powered by the aforementioned 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine. The Sonata’s newfound HTRAC system is front-wheel drive based– another first, this time for US Hyundai sedans as a whole. The N Line version remains front-wheel drive, for those that may be wondering.
Taking a gander at its exterior, the updated Sonata is more aggressive with a sharper, edgier vibe radiated from the angular body, long hood and LED elements. The latter of which is best seen in the front, with the brand’s “Horizon Lamp” integrated with the hidden headlights, placed above the new grille and larger air intakes. H-shaped lights, a theme we saw recently with the upcoming 2024 Santa Fe, are present in the rear, joined by a black spoiler-esque trunk lid. The interior sports a new “floating” theme, using a driver-centric layout and a now-standard 12.3-inch infotainment screen paired with an equally-sized instrument panel.
Shifting over to the compact Elantra, this refresh, like the Sonata, is sharper and angular in nature, bookended by new front and rear fascias. Up front, the LED running lights are connected by a metallic bar– not a “Horizon Lamp” like on the Sonata– though the DRLs are now thinner. The front fenders are new, shrouding updated wheel designs in 15-, 16-, 17- or 18-inch diameter. The interior sees a bit of love, now with soft-touch materials and a new design for the 4.2-inch instrument cluster.
We’ve had a lot of fun with the performance-minded Elantra N in the past, and it sounds like this time around it’ll be even better, even if just slightly so. As expected, under the hood is the 2.0-liter turbo-four, developed specifically for the N. Putting that power down to the pavement is a set of 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, seeing a slight pressure boost for 2024– 36 PSI front and 34 PSI rear, an increase of 1 PSI all around said to optimize front axle load while maintaining forward and aft balance. These changes are joined by reinforced engine mounting, suspension insulation changes, ECS optimizations, and various enhancements made to the steering system.
Pricing of both the 2024 Hyundai Sonata and Elantra are yet to be confirmed, but we do know that Elantra will go on sale this fall, followed up by its midsize sibling this winter.