2021 Sonata N Line. Sedan reimagined.
- All-new 2021 Sonata presents the new sedan as a chic, coupe-like four-door
- 2021 Sonata features futuristic tech, advanced SmartSenseTM safety and an all-new Smartstream 213kW 2.5 Turbo engine
- Offered in a single feature-packed N Line specification from $50,990 MLP
- 2021 Sonata N Line will launch locally around the middle of this year
The all-new 2021 Sonata has arrived as a chic, coupe-like four-door featuring futuristic technology, advanced safety and an all-new 2.5 Turbo engine.
Offered in a single, sporty and feature-packed N Line specification, 2021 Sonata is a breath of fresh air in the medium sedan class.
2021 Sonata brings Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design concept to life, reimagining the classic sedan silhouette as a low and wide four-door featuring the aggressively sculpted curves and crisp lines of a coupe.
Sonata N Line is the first Hyundai model in Australia to feature the all-new Smartstream 2.5-litre Turbo engine, teamed with a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Inside Sonata N Line is a sleek, modern cabin rich with premium touches, state-of-the-art technology and advanced SmartSense™ safety.
“Sonata is a pillar of the Hyundai range, and the model’s evolution over eight generations into the stylish, all-new 2021 model represents our commitment to creating the ideal medium sedan,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.
“Striking coupe-like styling, a premium cabin, advanced safety and technology, and a powerful all-new 2.5 Turbo engine ensure the all-new Sonata N Line is our best Sonata yet,” he said.
2021 Sonata range overview.
2021 Sonata is offered in a single highly equipped N Line grade.
The all-new 213kW Smartstream 2.5-litre Turbo GDi engine makes its Australian debut in Sonata N Line, paired with a new wet-friction eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission featuring shift-by-wire pushbutton gear selection as well as paddle shifters.
Also making its debut in 2021 Sonata’s suede and Nappa leather-trimmed cabin is a futuristic, crisp and clear 12.3-inch LCD high resolution colour instrument cluster display, which is complemented by a 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation multimedia unit.
Comforts include heated and ventilated, power-adjustable front seats, heated outboard rear seats, dual-zone climate control air conditioning, and a panoramic glass sunroof.
A Surround View Monitor, wireless smartphone charging, and Bose Premium Audio are among the convenience and luxury technologies.
A standard suite of SmartSense™ technologies includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning Assist (FCA-JT) function, Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist (BCA) systems.
2021 Sonata also features Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) and Lane Following Assist (LFA) systems, and Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go.
An N Line Sports body kit, LED headlights, DRLs and taillights, and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Continental tyres ensure a stylish look for 2021 Sonata.
An N Line cascading grille spans the front of 2021 Sonata to create a bold first impression. The grille extends between distinctive LED headlights that feature an eye-catching new lighting architecture, while an exclusive N Line bumper design completes an aggressively sporty visage.
Crisp chrome trims give definition to the daylight opening, before flowing along the bonnet edge to the front of Sonata N Line, where they make a sharp turn to underline the headlights, complete with integrated LED daytime running lights.
In profile, a low roofline and shallow glasshouse give 2021 Sonata a sleek, coupe-like image, while voluminous character lines and striking 19-inch alloy wheels convey a confident road presence.
At the rear, LED taillights are tied by a LED strip to create a sense of width as well as a striking night-time impression, with twin tailpipes integrated into each side of a diffuser-style lower treatment.
Four paint colours are offered for 2021 Sonata:
- White Cream - Mica (standard colour)
- Hampton Grey - Metallic (cost option)
- Flame Red - Metallic (cost option)
- Midnight Black - Mica (cost option)
Spanning the width of the cabin, 2021 Sonata’s slim dashboard is headlined by a first-in-class 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT-LCD digital instrument cluster.
The futuristic cluster is complemented by a 10.25-inch HD infotainment interface and a Head-Up Display.
A minimalistic centre console design featuring shift-by-wire gear selection buttons brings convenience as well as space.
Black Nappa leather and Suede upholstery and exclusive N Line badging complete a classy cabin ambience.
Chasis and tuning.
2021 Sonata N Line is among the first Hyundai models to benefit from a new tuning approach that has evolved as a natural progression from the local tuning program employed by HMCA engineering for more than a decade.
The new approach sees HMCA involved early in the development of a model, providing HQ with their input on hardware specifications to achieve the ‘flavour’ of the tune required for the Australian market.
Then, vehicles are put through the gruelling testing and scoring system developed by Hyundai Australia to evaluate and sign-off a tune, which incorporates the full spectrum of challenging city, highway, country and gravel roads.
“Our aim was for Sonata to be a great cruiser; an excellent tourer that could cover ground comfortably and quickly, and I think we’ve achieved that,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Product Planning and Development Specialist Tim Rodgers said.
“Sonata utilises high-performance monotube rear dampers, which typically bring big advantages in response and handling in general.”
“By using monotube dampers, we could make the response in the car quite rapid. We could make it a lot more nimble than you might expect for its size,” he said.
“Yet, the balance the engineers have tuned within the damper make it lovely to drive daily.”
“These dampers helped us to really hone in on that dual nature that we like our cars to have, even though they’re technically quite an aggressive, sporty damper,” he said.
“We’re incredibly happy with the tune. Sonata drives confidently, like a large sedan should, yet it’s also quite dynamic; quite playful."
2021 Sonata is the first Hyundai to feature the powerful, all-new Smartstream Petrol 2.5-litre Turbo GDi engine.
The new 213kW, 422Nm Smartstream T-GDi four-cylinder utilises high-efficiency combustion, and optimised Integrated Thermal Management System (TMS) cooling.
To provide more efficient engine performance, with lower emissions and fuel consumption, the 2.5 T-GDi engine features a number of clever technologies including:
- Variable separate cooling of the cylinder block and head
- Integrated exhaust manifold in the cylinder head
- Electronically controlled continuously variable-capacity oil pump
- Water-to-air intercooler
- Active Air Flap (AAF) for the radiator
Sonata N Line’s new, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) integrates advanced technology, such as an oil-cooled, hydraulically controlled dual-plate clutch, to provide optimal fuel economy and superb driving performance.
The DCT features a rev-matching function for downshifts, and will select the suitable shifting pattern depending on the driving mode, providing an enhanced sense of acceleration in the sports modes.
A Drive Mode system provides a choice of normal, sport, sport+ and custom modes according to the driver’s tastes and the road conditions.
Selection of each brings mode-specific graphics for the instrument cluster, which also offers a central performance gauge in the sport modes, which allows the monitoring of vitals such as engine oil temperature, torque and turbo boost pressure.