No keys? No problem.
Hyundai’s new Sonata made its first stop in North America on Wednesday at the New York Autoshow. The flagship sedan showed off its sporty new design that includes enough tech to make you wonder if you’re driving a Genius Bar.
The Korean automaker’s latest sedan is slightly lower, wider and longer than its conservative predecessor, according to Hyundai. And Sonata’s “digital key” allows the vehicle to be unlocked, started and driven using a smartphone app.
The 2020 Sonata has an exterior design influenced by the futuristic Le Fil Rouge concept introduced by Hyundai at last year’s Geneva International Motor Show. The length of the car has grown 1.8 inches, the height has decreased 1.2 inches and width has increased by a little less than an inch.
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“Sonata celebrates innovative coupe-like silhouette,” said Sang Yup Lee, senior vice president and head of the Hyundai Design Center. Yup Lee called the new design “sensuous.”
The headlights feature four LED projectors and daytime running lights. The Sonata also received a new grille.
Inside the cabin, Hyundai revamped the entire dashboard and said the interior was inspired by a Stealth aircraft.
Unlike other makers that feature separated, large digital screens, Hyundai said it wanted to “alleviate the distracting large screens featured in many luxury cars today and instead threaded the two displays together on the 2020 Sonata, using a unique S curve.”
The navigation system is home to improved technology like cloud-based speech recognition and bird’s-eye view navigation maps.
The displays are “seamless” and have capacitive touch functionality, the company said.
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The digital key function, which was announced earlier this year, comes amid heightened concern about car theft. Eliminating the need for key fobs, which many people leave in their vehicle, means that thieves can’t simply open the door and press the start button in a car.
In December, Hyundai announced the world’s first smart fingerprint technology that lets drivers to not only unlock the doors of their vehicle but also start the car. The fingerprint tech isn’t available in the U.S. — yet.
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