A few changes here and there, and it really does look better and more upscale.
Actually now, it looks like a larger Elantra, more than before....
The only downside seems to be the lack of that glass roof option.
None of the official shots how it for 2018. So I guess it's gone.
Maybe it is a (cheap) way to differentiate the Sonata a bit more from the )still nicer looking0 Kia Optima?
making the whole thing more upscale.
The current one (bottom pic) almost looks cheap by comparison.
I'd say, except for the sunroof, good job Hyundai!