• Jul 8, 2009

2011 Hyundai Sonata spy shots – Click above for image gallery

One of our loyal readers was vacationing in Dubai when he happened upon this nearly undisguised and totally unattended 2011 Hyundai Sonata mule. Sammy_R-Gti of assayarat.com explains that he was driving around on vacation and stopped to observe mid-day prayer at a mosque. When he emerged from said house of prayer, he spied the car parked outside of a neighboring spa resort (perhaps some engineers were taking a much-deserved break?), and our man was able to rattle off the photos seen here. Because Sammy_R-Gti (correctly) figured that whoever was with the car probably wouldn't want him photographing their quarry, our man didn't have time to take it all in, but he did gain perhaps the best look yet at Hyundai's pivotal new sedan.

As expected, the roofline and short rear deck indicates that the Korean automaker is going for a much more rakish look, adopting the 'four-door coupe' aesthetic that is so in vogue these days. Unlike earlier spy shots, Sammy has managed to score an almost completely undisguised look at the car's Lexus ES350-like headlamps and its simple three-bar front grille, as well as new details about the sheetmetal's contouring. Judging by the fact that this prototype was fitted with relatively high-profile tires and modestly sized steel wheels with covers, we're guessing that it is a base model.

Check out the gallery of images below. Thanks for the shots, Sammy!



[Source: Sammy_R-Gti of assayyarat.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      for the Arabian market, however, the car was given 2-300 pounds of wood, full, i mean FULL suede interior and a 6L V12
      • 5 Years Ago
      One last bastion for Hyundai to nail down:

      Can they make a precise, well-synchronized and well-balanced manual transmission? To my knowledge, they have only ever done "mushy", and I don't understand why they can't or won't fix that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, but it also looks too tall and the greenhouse too large to be referred to as a "four door coupe" (however much anyone likes or dislikes that designation). I suspect it is about the same height as the current Sonata. It is good looking and far less anonymous than the current iteration, so it should boost sales considerably (and take away from Accord/Camry).
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a Camry mixed with an S60 mixed with an Audi A6 but it doesn't look bad overall.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry to repeat your comments. If you look at the front hood bulge and grill, there's definitely Camry in there. I don't think it looks better than the Malibu though. That is sweet (with the 18" wheels).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't see Camry, but I just commented that I see the Volvo/Audi influence. This is a very nicely designed car. Will easily look better than anything in it's class.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Accord and Camry better watch out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      put some low profile rims on this and little lip spoiler and we have a winner
      • 5 Years Ago
      Note to Toyota and Honda, especially Honda: You can start to worry now. This is so much better looking than the Accord, will probably undercut it by $2000, offer more features, have more HP and Honda, get this, a 6-speed automatic! You may have heard of those. They are gear boxes that have more than 5 speeds in them. Then again, it appears that may be news to you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More than Honda, it is Toyota who should be even more worried. With their lackluster designs, lack of standard safety equipment, higher cost and their falling reliability, Toyota has nice target painted on it's back.

        Atleast Honda manufactures motorcycles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am getting a little bored with the vanilla shape of most of the V6 front wheel drive sedan that are available or soon will be. In the under $30,000 range are their any cars that are very interesting to look at; something you can be proud to wash in the driveway on a Saturday morning.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its a good looking car with the long, sloping roofline, but I gotta wonder what that does for rear-seat headroom.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Real six-light greenhouse!

      Take that, Mazda6!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this vehicle would've been a huge hit worldwide, if there wasn't any such thing as economic meltdown :(

      It's such an inappropriate time for an anonymous company to try out for a larger league, cuz people are now paying more attention maintaining their existing cars than buying a brand new car from a company stands for an historic unreliability.

      If they were thinking straight, this should've been a small car, such as a hot hatch with a decent diesel engine, which is guaranteed to be sold in millions for guaranteed in this economy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Woah. I did not expect to see that level of sexy looks from a Hyundai Sonata!
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