• Jul 15, 2009
2011 Hyundai Sonata spy shots – Click above for image gallery

Back in June, we reported on a news story in the Montgomery Advertiser saying that the 2011 Hyundai Sonata would be unveiled in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It appears that Hyundai may be holding off the introduction of its bread and butter sedan for a larger audience in Detroit. Inside Line is reporting that the Sonata will bow in the Motor City, giving Hyundai a big-league entry at the North American International Auto Show.

When describing the design direction of the new Sonata, Hyundai USA CEO John Krafcik told IL the 2011 model would be "bold, so bold." Judging from the many spy photos we've seen, we're thinking that could be an apt description. We see well-sculpted sheetmetal punctuated with a four door coupe-like roof line, but we'll have to wait until the covers come off to hand down a verdict..

Hyundai is also rumored to be using direct injection technology to power the four cylinder Sonata. The mooted 2.2-liter powertrain is expected to produce in the neighborhood of 200 horsepower while also improving fuel economy versus the 2009 model by 5. Hyundai has been on a roll of late with its successful launches of the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, and if it can pull off a showstopper at the Detroit Auto Show with the 2011 Sonata, the Korean automaker will officially be on fire.



[Source: Inside Line | Images: Sammy_R-Gti of assayyarat.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly, derivative, car. I'd hate to try getting into the back seat, looks hard not to hit your head.

      Somebody bring back the 240D.
      Willie
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's funny...I was thinking it looked like the Chevy Malibu. I agree it looks nice but it won't blow your socks off like the new Fusion or Mazda 6 does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could be wrong, but didn't the LA Autoshow draw more manufactures, people and unveils last year then Detroit... also, the LA convention Center is much nicer and modern then Cobo and that's not taking into account that LA should be the center of Auto Showdom as we have a strong car culture, nice weather, more facilities and Detroit itself has become irrelevent, delapitated, sad and hopeless (not the car companies, just the City).

      One more thing... LA in December or Detroit in January. You pick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As you can see the roof line It is using new 4 door coupe frame similar to Mercedes CLS and VW ss. The frame is lighter than previous one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that the Toyota A6?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Volvo CTS is a direct competitor to the BMW E550 and Mercedes XF.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can't forget the Cadillac M45
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I can't see what you guys see in the exterior. It looks a lot like a Camry that has been bread-loafed over.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Serge, care to explain what Volvo CTS is?
      • 5 Years Ago
      wth... why do I see an autoblog.com watermark on these photos? did you pay for them or are you putting your watermark on every image?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interior looks really nice. Ext looks nice, but not blow-your-socks off. I'll wait until seeing in in its entirety.

      On a side note, the LA auto show is in December this year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "with the 2011 Sonata, the Korean automaker will officially be on fire."

        The Hyundai "heat" is on...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt,

        What kind of issues have you had with your Sonata? I'm down to three vehicles for my next purchase, a new Sonata, Corolla or a used 06 3 series. I know none of these are apples to apples but these are the cars that I sorta like.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow. A Korean fake Audi.

        I'll try to tamp down my enthusiasm here.

        Zzzzzz . . . . .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Slightly OT but if Hyundai puts the Tau V8 in Veracruz they will have a category killer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is looking good. Very upmarket looking for a budget mid-sizer. I can see this beating major players like the Camry and Accord after launch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @willie

        Malibu? Absolutely Not...
        I think this will blow socks off your new Fusion and Mazda 6
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't like the driver side door handles.... Looks out of place because it doesn't line up rear door handle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Willie:
        Any Midsize Sedan =/= explosive removal of socks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah that's kind of a strange body line on which they placed the door handles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Welcome to Hyundai-Kia world where alls they have to do is anounce a car six months out and the resale value already drops in half.
        • 5 Years Ago
        haha...

        i think that really happens to Caddy CTS-V in the real world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really, unless those rear seats are far below the level of the front ones (nearly sitting on the floor) there are some serious headroom issues there.
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