Mild facelift for Korean-specs Hyundai Sonata 2012
Hyundai’s best selling car in South Korea, the Sonata mid-size sedan, receives mild facelift for the 2012 model year!
Hyundai has quietly released a slightly upgraded Sonata mid-size sedan in South Korea. For the 2012 model year, the Korean-specs Sonata received some minor cosmetic updates, such as revised front signature grille, restyled mirror casings and tweaked LED tail-lights at the back.
In addition, Hyundai also offered a new choice of alloy wheel designs that include a set of larger 18-inch multi-spoke rims.
Inside, the Korean-market Hyundai Sonata 2012 features higher grade materials, as well as some new trim options and better standard equipment.
New features that are available in the Sonata after the first mild facelift include a rear view mirror with camera, Eco lamp, LED spotlights on the door handle, large retractable panoramic sunroof and cooled glovebox.
The base 2.0L four-cylinder Theta II engine, which generates 165 horsepower, carries over, but the 2.4L GDI four-cylinder engine has been replaced by a brand-new 2.0L Turbo GDI engine that churns out 271 horsepower and achieves fuel economy of 12.8 kilometers per liter (30.1 MPG).
Both, six-speed manual or automatic transmissions are available.
It is very unlikely that these mild styling updates will pass on to the international market version of the Hyundai Sonata.