• Dec 19, 2008
Hyundai's Genesis might be knocked as "generic," but some would argue that the car is the most balanced, handsome design to ever issue forth from the Korean juggernaut (at least until the Genesis Coupe rolls up). Range toppers often define the style for the rest of the range, and there's rumored to be a Genesis-y Sonata on the way. Carparazzi's renderings could be nothing more than wishful thinking, but it's claimed that the images are a cross between spy shots of the new Sonata, known internally as YF, and the Genesis. Given the styling epiphany that's been going on at Hyundai during the past few years, the handsome car in these renderings may well be on the money. Style, value, and potentially a hybrid powertrain point to a bright future for Hyundai's melodic sedan.
[Source: Global Motors]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The current ones drive nice too. Interiors are decent. Engine and handling were on a par with the Mazda 6.

      I rented one for a week and I liked it better than anything in its class.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We currently have 9 Hyundai's in our family. I will probably trade my 08 Sonata for this beautiful car. V-6 Limited of course (Black).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't believe Hyundai would obviously rip off the Genesis look. Man, this company just has no moral standards! ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      The rendering could have at least been the size of the existing sonata and not the genesis (sedan)....why would High-un-die make two cars of the same size and call it two different things?

      The new sonata will be the similar size as it is now, however I do agree that they will make the rear end and front end more genesis-esque, that styling with their pricing advantage will keep them selling....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Simply wow.
        Looks better than a Lexus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Genesis is sweet, simple, but nice. The Coupe is hot, and now the new Sonata appears to be headed towards sweetness.

      Honda, Toyota and Nissan need to be very worried as Hyundai is taking the same approach, cars just as nice but cheaper and slightly more features than the competition.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, I think Nissan/Mazda are heading towards sportiness in the class while the Accord and Camry are just plain well Accord and Camry. Hyundai is heading towards elegance, which seams to be a good way to go to make your brand stand out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No one used to dog out Hyundai more than me, but I have to say that in the last few years I have not been able to say anything negative about them. That is until they offered a $40+K car. I couldn't believe they had the balls to do that. I guess that is why the logo is not on the front of the Genesis.

      I like this rendering. I hope the real thing is close to it, but unfortunately for me, I plan getting a car in the first half of 2009.

      I am deciding between the Altima, Accord, Malibu, and Fusion. But if that Sonata were available, it would win on looks alone for me. The 10 year powertrain warranty would be a big seller for me, too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks a lot like a camry, especially the grille
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those renderings look pretty boss, but probably too good to be true.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Would you have imagined the day would come when a Hyundai sedan could be called stunning?
      • 6 Years Ago
      @DCragtop

      Agreed. But if this is in fact what the next gen will look like, damn... they've got the goods.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In side view, a silhouette of the current S Class is evident from b-pillar to the front..the roof curve ala CLS, the remaining rear and trunk..purely Genesis.

        If this is any indication of the next Sonata...it looks hot!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy cow...

      SOMEONE CAN ACTUALLY DESIGN AN AFFORDABLE SEDAN!!! And to prove it, they do it twice!

      The Genesis is a good start, but this Sonata is actually even better.

      Too bad it is a FWD puller, and not overtly sporty. It could very easily be sporty. I think Genesis could be sporty, too, if it tried a little bit.

      If it were RWD like Genesis (even with GenCoupe's Turbo 4 and V6 power plants, rather than Genesis Sedan's V6->V8, or longitudinal AWD...)

      Good grief, if the Subaru Legacy Concept looked like this, with Subaru's longitudinal AWD, and 300hp Turbo 4 or 3.6 H6, and both manual and automatic transmissions... I would be figuring and scheming to figure out how to afford it NOW, and my Legacy would be getting ready to be replaced.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why do Korean cars always look like copies? Yes it is nice looking, we should thank the Lexus designers for all of their hard work.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Steve - uhh, the Lexus LS430 was the spitting image of a MB S-Class sedan and the current LS460 borrows many styling cues from BMW's 7 Series.

        As for the first GS, it was a Italdesign Giugiaro design - which it why it shares styling cues w/ a certain Daewoo also designed by Italdesign.

        Look at the current Honda Accord - front (2008 Sonata), side (Infiniti/Nissan by way of BMW) and rear (Saturn).

        Heck, there's a recent thread here where a Jamaican Toyota Camry advertisement showed an image of a Honda Accord (Eur).

        And while many of Hyundai's designs are derivative (most pleasing designs nowadays are), it's not like Hyundai hasn't had its fair share of original designs - the 1st gen Santa Fe, early Tiburons, the Elantra, etc.
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