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Hyundai was all about “design” as it debuted the all-new 2018 Hyundai Sonata at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday. The automaker focused on the car’s new look, which it called “clean, handsome and reimagined.” A new grille is the most distinctive change.

The Korean automaker let two designers run the news conference. The men focused on the new look of the vehicle, but the Sonata also has a reworked chassis that improves ride and handling. The sedan comes standard with a 245-horsepower 2-liter turbocharged engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

“It’s all about making an impact,” Chris Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai North American Design Center, said in a news release.

Inside, Hyundai spiffed up the touchscreen display, and added safety components like additional air bags, blind-spot detection and lane-departure warning systems.

The latest Sonata will be available later this year. Pricing and gas mileage was not yet available. The 2017 Sonata starts at $21,950, and averages 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

ithibodeau@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @Ian_Thibodeau

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