• Feb 27, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of next-gen Hyundai Sonata pics

With the Genesis Sedan and Coupe both finally on sale, Hyundai has a moment to breathe. OK, done. Back to work. Next up is a complete redesign of the Hyundai Sonata, which is one the South Korean brand's big sellers that competes in a very crowded, competitive segment against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Chevy Malibu and Ford Fusion, among others.

The next Sonata will be a total rethinking of the mid-size sedan's packaging. Based on these spy shots taken while a prototype was out testing on what appears to be a frozen lake, we can clearly see that the profile of the next Sonata will move farther towards the four-door coupe end of the spectrum where vehicles like the Volkswagen CC live. The severely sloping roof line now meets the trunk lid much farther back leaving just a short length of rear deck lid. Overall, it appears as if the next Sonata will be a larger, yet much more visually interesting vehicle than the one it replaces. The only question is, where does that leave the Azera?


[Source: KGP Photogrpahy]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the profile of the new Mazda6. Which isn't even close to the Volkswagen CC in my opinion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 on teh mazda 6 profile

        but it doesn't need to be close the the VW, in my eye that car is way to ugly
        the rear is hyundai elantra dan the fron is just big and heavy looking
        the side view is messed up by the c-pillar design for that one
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! a long way from my little Hyundai whatever it was called from many years ago!
      tpfilm
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new Sonata will be out later this year a '10 model. The line's been retooled, test models will begin to be built soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see Hyundai/Kia using a LWB version of the Sonata platform for the following 2 vehicles:
      1) Kia Amanti replacement: Since Kia won't be getting their own large RWD sedans on the Genesis platform, the company will develop a competitive large FWD sedan for Kia on this platform to replace the Amanti. There won't be a next gen Azera on this platform since Hyundai has the Genesis sedans to slot above the next gen Sonata.
      2) Hyundai tall wagon/MPV: The company will develop a tall wagon or MPV on this platform for Hyundai to replace the Entourage (basically a production version of the Portico Concept). The Sedona minivan will become a Kia exclusive that will no longer have a Hyundai counterpart.

      As far as the next gen Sonata featured in the spy shots: It appears to have a striking overall shape and I can't wait to see it without the camo. If Hyundai nails the styling and improves the refinement of the next gen Sonata, then they might have a product that will seriously decrease the dominance of the Camry and Accord in the mainstream midsize sedan segment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's this coupe thing coming from! If it has 4 doors, it's typically a sedan or a saloon ... 2 doors it's a coupe or coupé!

      Just because it's shaped like a 7 year old's drawing of a sedan or a 1985 Chevy Caprice it doesn't mean it's a coupe!

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coupe

      I'll put the troll back in my pocket now ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        correction

        Just because it's NOT shaped like a 7 year old's drawing of a sedan or a 1985 Chevy Caprice it doesn't mean it's a coupe!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe at this rate, the Sonata will one day outsell the Camry and Accord.
      • 5 Years Ago
      MM@10: Exactly my thoughts. Pictured is what appears to be a 7/8-scale cab-forward Dodge Intrepid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I REALLY like the Mercedes CLS - and I REALLY like the Volkswagen Passat CC.. I think this new Sonata is going to be something special.. In fact, I don't doubt people will find this car more attractive than the Genesis when all is said and done.. If it's getting bigger than the current model, that'll help as well. This is a good move for Hyundai...

      Sal Collaziano
      http://www.genesisowners.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Enough of this "4-door coupe" crap!! The problem is that in many cases this racy roofline is replacing sedans rather than being a distinct model as it is for Mercedes. Racy rooflines often limit ingress/egress without offering the advantages of an actual small car... a co-worker used to drive a Pontiac Grand Prix, for example, and that damned car was big but had such a low roofline at the door that people frequently hit their heads getting in and out.

      If your sedan is a swoopy-roofed thing, it requires more engineering and more distinct tooling to make a wagon out of it... there's enough resistance to wagons as it is, if all the sedans to fastback "4-door coupe" on us the last few wagons will probably morph into stupid crossovers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Hyundai can hit another knockout, I'll be impressed.

      The current one still holds its own next to the Malibu, Camry, and Accord. With much more style inside and out, they'll erase that tradition Korean cars have for looking like previous-gen Japanese competitors.

      Update the 2.4L nicely, maybe offer the new 290 hp version of the 3.8L with a 3.3L in between. 6-speed autos ... yum.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see a european design in this car even though camouflage, but in USA it can give the surprise. in Europe it is possible to be sold like i50 or something thus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking good (under all that camo) to me. Can't wait to see what it looks like when you get rid of all that junk. And if the interior continues to show the Hyundai improvements.

      When is this supposed to come to the market? 2011?
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