2012 Hyundai Sonata gets facelifted for the South Korean market version. The brand has just revealed the facelifted version of the Sonata mid-size sedan, but ther’s a catch – this car is only for the local market. Still, we we know from experience, U.S. and other parts of the world will soon have this new model as well, and it is likely the U.S. will get the first taste by early next year.
At first sight it is hard tell any differences from the 2011 Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan, but there are some minor changes. The front end brings a new front grille with a bit less attitude and reduced dosages of chrome. The changes also cover LED taillights at the back, reshaped mirror casings and a new choice of alloy wheel designs including a set of bigger 18-inch multispoke rims. The outside sees some light cosmetic touches here and there, but the overall lines remain the same.
Also, at the interior, the new 2012 Hyundai Sonata receives a few minor changes. This changes include a three-piece panoramic sunroof as standard, new seven-inch touch-screen navigation with HD radio, rear backup camera available on the SE trim and the icing on the cake is the Blue Link as standard on all 2012 Sonata. This from Hyundai keeps track of almost everything with up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information and is a lifeline to emergency services and roadside assistance. Beside all these, it can link to a smartphone to display search information.
The new Hyundai Sonata bring to the Korean market a second generation version of the 2.0-liter GDI engine that delivers 165 horsepower and is matched to a manual gearbox or an automatic transmission. For the facelifted version, the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated petrol has been replaced with a more efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot rated at 271-horses.