Hyundai's mid-size Sonata is due for a refresh in about a year, and a sharp-eyed observer with a camera has captured a shot of the new interior. The design looks considerably more upscale than the present setup, which is great considering how bland we find the dash design of the current car to be. The center stack flows down into the console and has a clean uncluttered look. Like the Veracruz crossover, the vents are now vertically oriented and the trim around the radio and HVAC controls carries a matte aluminum look. The powertrain also gets upgraded with a standard five-speed automatic replacing the current four-speed and improved power and efficiency from both four- and six cylinder-engines.
The refreshening is just in time for the Sonata to take on all-new models in the segment like the 2008 Honda Accord and 2008 Chevy Malibu, as well as the perennial best-seller from Toyota, the Camry. Even more important, however, is to see Sonata sales improve to the point that idling the Alabama plant producing them to reduce excess inventory isn't necessary.

[Source: The Car Blogger]


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