Hyundai has given us initial details of its third-generation Sonata. The medium-large family sedan sits on an all-new platform that is lighter for improved fuel efficiency.

Just as important is that there are significant improvements in crash safety. A fascinating feature is that the platform is designed so that the tyres move outward during a small overlap collision to maximise occupant safety. This also reduces the chances of the vehicle from spinning, thus preventing possible secondary collisions.


Next-generation Sonata will be launched in Australia in the second half of 2019. Stay tuned for further news as we receive it with a follow-up on drive impressions when we get behind the wheel.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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