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Hyundai Sonata 2023: facelift revealed, Australian release in second half of year


The Sonata has seen design revisions to its front and rear, as well as a lifted interior and new technologies for 2023 

Hyundai has given its eighth-generation Sonata sedan a significant facelift which has seen its looks sharpened and new technologies added. 

A new front-end design, along with revised rear styling and new interior technologies are among the changes for 2023. 

The Sonata competes in the shrinking midsize sedan segment with the likes of the Toyota Camry, Mazda 6, Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Octavia. In 2022, the Sonata (536 units) was beaten in the sales charts by the Volkswagen Passat (759), Skoda Octavia (963), and the Toyota Camry (9538).

2023 Hyundai Sonata N-Line front 3/4 red car 2
The 2023 Hyundai Sonata N-Line with its revised front end

The current Hyundai Sonata is offered in one trim level here in Australia, the N-Line. 

This variant is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 213kW/422Nm, with this powertrain likely to continue for Australia in 2023 even once the deep facelift model arrives.

The facelifted Sonata is set for its official debut on March 30 at the Seoul Mobility show.

2023 Hyundai Sonata N-Line rear end with quad pipes
The Sonata N Line also has a tweaked rear end with redesigned exhaust outlets

What design changes have been implemented on the 2023 Sonata?

The facelifted Sonata features changes all across the vehicle, but most noticeably at the front end, where the sedan features Hyundai’s “seamless horizon lamp”, an LED daytime running light feature also seen on the new Kona. 

The Sonata also features a spoiler-shaped boot lid, new quad exhaust outlets, new sports-orientated spoiler and unique 19-inch alloy wheels.

2023 Hyundai Sonata interior wide front facing
Panoramic display with dual 12.3-inch screens will be standard

Inside the Sonata, a new panoramic curved display is standard with dual 12.3-inch screens. Hyundai has also added a column type shift-by-wire controller to free up space between the front seats. 

A new palm rest and extended arm rest also feature as part of the facelift, while Hyundai also says the large front cup holder and tray add to the convenience.