• Apr 24th 2009 at 2:59PM
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2011 Hyundai Sonata spy photos: Click above to view a gallery

Hyundai has really upped its game with new entries like the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, but right now its high volume products like the midsize Sonata are simply "good enough." The Korean automaker has already committed to big plans for Sonata, as it has promised direct injection and turbocharging for improved efficiency. A quick look at some well camo'd photos of a 2011 Sonata mule shows that improvements could come in design as well.

The most eye-catching dimension of the spy photo pictured above is a sleek, Volkswagen CC-like greenhouse. Hyundai even seems smitten with the ten-spoke wheel design of the VW, as the two alloys look like fraternal twins. Beyond the four-door coupe look, the 2011 Sonata mule is very well camouflaged, although you can see what appears to be some interesting surfacing above the front wheel well that could give it a beefier-looking stance.

Up front, the front grille and headlamps are exposed. The grille doesn't appear to be dramatically different than what we we see on today's Sonata, but there is no hiding the dynamic new shape of the mule's headlamps. The high-tech lights sweep around the corners, giving the impression that the 2011 model will sport a more rounded front end than the 2009 model.

We likely have a bit longer to go before the 2011 Sonata begins its strip-tease act, but photos in the gallery below at least look promising. Whether the next-gen Sonata will be good enough to take on the well established midsized monsters from Toyota, Honda, and Nissan will clearly be a question for another day. Hat tip to James J.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      "A quick look at some well camo'd photos of a 2011 Sonata mule"

      It's not a mule!

      It's a pre-production prototype.

      Please Autoblog, learn the difference.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a Lexus.....thats a good thing = ]
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think all Lexus cars are attrctive...proof being that they are still in good standing while cadillac and other are struggling....all lexus cars are still in great demand.

        Lexus cars are sleek, smooth, refined cars...bullet proof almost. This has become a Lexus trade mark which is a wining recipie.

        This certainly is trying to copy from the Lexus design....the smooth roof reminds of the GS and ES. The round shape also reminds hits at Lexus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Give me a break - the Accord and Camry have been selling mid-sized sedans and they have long been regarded as ugly appliances on wheels (the Accord less so than the Camry).

        The current ES, while bland, is at least not as bad as the previous generations.

        The new RX is now one of the ugliest crossovers on the market w/ that nasty greenhouse and that baleen grille.

        The SC is just overly bulbous at the wrong spots.

        (Mind you, a lot of Lexus owners at the most popular Lexus site agree w/ me.)

        And as for being in "great demand" - Lexus sold a piddly 78 units of the SC last month.

        The GS was way behind its competitors at only 625 units and even the vaunted LS only sold 852 units last month.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No - aside from the GS and the current LS (the previous gen LS models were blah), the Lecus line-up runs from boring to fugly (particularly the SC and RX).
      • 6 Years Ago
      In before someone says something uninformed about the definition of a coupe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What, that a coupe has two side doors?

        Because that is where the definition of the french-sourced word comes from?

        Something "uninformed" like the dictionary?

        I suppose you ride a 4-wheeled bicycle. :rolleyes:
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see that the Chrome molding will run the length of the car from the headlight to taillamp along the DLO? that's pretty sweet! and side profile looks quite sexy.. nice proportion. dying to find out all the details and surfacing...
      • 6 Years Ago
      With the rumors of a Genesis "sub-brand", Hyundai could easily build a Sonata for the masses and a near luxe version of this to compete with the ES350, G37, A4 and TL.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not sure if a Sonata-based entry level Genesis is the right answer.

        While the ES has done fine for Lexus, it also has reinforced the notion that Lexus is merely a brand of rebadged Toyotas (which really isn't the case).

        The Sonata is pretty close to the Genesis sedan in size and supposedly, Hyundai is working on a Genesis 3 Series fighter based on a shortened BH platform (which makes more sense).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know its under camo, but those headlights better look better than what I'm seeing now. and that grille is monstrous. Other than that, I think it's shaping up well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        speaking of camo, this is the first time i've seen a camoed car with tinted windows. whenever i see a test driver covering up interior shots with his arms i think why don't you just get some tint you idiots.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Whether the next-gen Sonata will be good enough to take on the well established midsized monsters from Toyota, Honda, and Nissan will clearly be a question for another day."

      It's been answered already. Go pick up any major auto magazine and see what they have to say about the current Sonata. As an auto writer you should know that this is the best value in its class and one of the top selling vehicles in the US right now. I'm sure this replacement won't be a downgrade by ANY means. Hyundai's latest interiors have been on par with Lexus. Do you research before making snide comments like that bud.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks very well-proportioned from the side! Hope they don't ruin the rest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is gonna look sleeker than the Genesis Sedan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not feeling the wheels.

      • 6 Years Ago
      You don't have to speculate on what's under the camouflage.


      Hyundai i40 is Euro Sonata, just like how i30 is Euro Elantra.

      The KDM/US version is the sedan version.

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