Later this year, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata will enter its seventh generation with a stunning style refresh, newly standard equipment at the base level, and a couple of interesting new technologies. Full model information isn't available yet, but here's a brief rundown of what we know.

With its swept-back roofline, longer sculpted hood, and wide confident stance, the exterior of the 2020 Sonata looks less like a mid-size sedan and more like a sporty four-door coupe. Long clean lines flow from the taillights to the headlights; and dynamic front lighting and a large black grille form an aggressively styled front fascia that's quite imposing.

The updated exterior aesthetics carry into a modern cabin with high-quality materials, intuitively arranged controls, and smart style accents. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as no-cost amenities, and the standard 8-inch touchscreen display is upgradeable to 10.25 inches. Several SmartSense safety technologies are also standard, including High Beam Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, and a Driver Attention Warning system. And, while wireless device charging isn't a new thing in modern vehicles, the Sonata's charge pad is ventilated, which can keep phones from heating up when in use.

The 2020 Sonata will also introduce two new technologies. The first is a remote park-assist feature that moves the vehicle back and forth using buttons on the key fob. Second, Hyundai's digital phone-as-a-key technology will allow drivers to unlock the doors and start the engine without a physical key or fob.

We expect the 2020 Sonata to launch in late 2019, and when we have more information, we'll pass it along. When it finally is released, be sure to visit Seidel Hyundai in Reading for an up-close look at the new design and tech features. We'll be glad to set you up with a test drive.

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