• Aug 21, 2009
Latest 2011 Hyundai Sonata Spy Shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

What you're gawking at appear to be the first undisguised images of Hyundai's forthcoming Sonata sedan caught by the folks at Hyundai Blog during what appears to be a photo shoot (check out the interior cutaway above), likely in its home market of Korea (check out the badging on the decklid).

If only in looks and not in price, the 2011 Sonata appears to be making a concerted move for the premium end of the midsize swimming pool, what with its more rakish roofline and expressive design. We've heard for some time that the Sonata was to gain a four-door coupe profile and more assertive fascias front and rear, and these dark, grainy photos cinch those details for us, although the car's aesthetics don't appear to be so radical as to be off-putting or even terribly divisive. Without looking too hard, we can see little bits of various competitors in the model's design, but overall the Sonata still manages to look quite fresh.

We'll have to wait until we see the car in the metal for ourselves to pass judgment (or at least get a gander at a few higher-quality photographs - especially a dead-on profile), but thus far, we continued to be encouraged why what we see. Check out the not-so-high-res images in the small gallery below.



[Source: Hyundai Blog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      the interior is awesome! The exterior is generic and aggressive looking simultaneously. it looks like a 5th gen of the camry and some of the solara. Go ahead and down rate me, I'm a Hyundai fan btw.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMO it looks good, Hyundai has been improving their car designs lately, not trying to knock any American car company but it looks a lot better then most Ford, Chevy, Buick etc. designs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lovely car.
      One thing to note is that on the main picture, the bonnet is gaping open, making the front look more exaggerated than it is.
      Here is a photoshop with it closed.
      http://file1.bobaedream.co.kr/multi_image/national/2009/08/21/65167/yf.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice, man. I didn't even notice the hood was open until you pointed it out, and then I realized the top bar of the grille is actually just a chrome strip on the hood. I don't I've ever seen that before on any car.

        IMO the black taxi one seems to have a strangely tall beltline. But the silver one looks stunning front, back, and inside. Looks like there's a good chance this will be my next car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that grill is too big. otherwise, the car is acceptable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice, Hyundai showing Honda how to do a grill and front end. That interior is quite impressive. I'm liking what I see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I might like this better than the Genesis sedan, actually. Very well done.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior looks gorgeous as does the exterior. People will still buy Camrys and Accords because they are what they are and that won't change, but competitors for 3rd place like Ford, Mazda, VW, and Chevrolet should be wetting their pants about now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice sure go ahead and blanty steal the 3 bar grill from Ford Im sure they wont mind, LOL. Nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        jsjs are you retarded...go look at a Venza, the car that first proved that you probably shouldn't mess with the contours of that grille.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wait, you're comparing 3 rectangular perfectly straight bars with 3 bowed horizontal swipes with angular cuts in the ending in yet another angular arch to each other? Technically, it's 4 bars on the Hyundai anyways. But your comparison is drastically flawed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At least Hyundai did something different w/ the shape/contours of the bars - unlike Toyota and Honda.

        Still don't particularly care for the grille or the headlights (much prefer the front of the Kia VG), but the rest is shaping up nicely (esp. the rear and interior).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see hints of mercedes e class front (headlamps/trapezoid grill/fog light area) and audi A5 rear styling (look at the deck lid) area.

      Hyundai is smart. Just modify European designs and don't waste a lot of money on design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think many of you are nuts.

      This is a fantastic-looking car inside and out, and way ahead in the styling and upscale detailing department over the competition.

      What a great update of the current Sonata, which although very conservative, still catches my eye, and looks much more attractive than the boring Camry or ugly, massive Accord. I agree with the previous poster: This car will dominate the segment and become the clear choice. Toyota and Honda will scramble to figure out what to do to their products to make them competitive and as attractive, is my prediction...and they'll probably fail at it.

      I would love Hyundai to make a PREMIUM hatch with sprightly driving dynamics, and THAT would be my next car. Still waiting. The Genesis coupe is just too old-Tiburon and too large for my tastes, and I don't need 300HP or RWD. I'm talking more "Volvo C30" and less "Supra", please.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, Dustin! With great interest, I might add, but it all depends on what it ends up looking like. The concept seems to have untenable blind spots, but it's so "out there", I doubt the production model will resemble it too much. We shall see.

        Hyundai has done so much good in the "good taste" department of late, I'm hopeful.

        The only area that bothers me is that I have yet to read a good review of any of their manual transmissions. My 1997 Tiburon (I was younger and had less refined tastes back then LOL) had a really mushy stick and it sounds like they still make vague, mushy manual transmissions by all accounts. I wish they could learn/steal from BMW, Honda, or Mazda about how a good clutch-stick combo ought to feel. That would make for a complete package -- one that I could happily open [up].

        • 5 Years Ago
        David, have you heard about the Veloster? Sounds like it's what you're looking for.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure what to think of this one. I want to like it, but I can't. Just doesn't seem right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah the front is questionable at first, but I accepted it within minutes here.

        I think the back end and interior is excellent.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK, everyone saying Venza-looking grille just stop it. This is an evolution of the 2008 KDM grille, which was out well before the Venza. See it here in this commercial:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwnFO3nQk5U

        And in this used car ad:

        http://www.alibaba.com/product-tp/106855105/HYUNDAI_NF_Sonata_2008_Used_Car/showimage.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it looks pretty good - the headlights are a bit long for my tastes (as in, twice as long as they would have to be to look normal), but I think in general it looks pretty tasteful. Nice looking interior, too, something definately not new to Hyundai though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hopefully the chromed looking Venza-like grille stays in Korea... like the tailend though
        • 5 Years Ago
        What rubs me the wrong way is the very Elantra-like proportioning. It's egg-shaped--lots of overhang, lots of tuckunder, and tall bodysides that remove any hint of an aggressive stance.

        That's a gorgeous interior for a $25K car, though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see so many Toyota/Lexus cues in this car's-I think I would have assumed it's a Toyota if it didn't have the H on the front. There seems to be a lot of Lexus ES influence in this both front and back, and obviously the Venza-esque grille.
        I really do hope they swap the grille out though because that's probably the one part of the Venza's design I utterly hated.

        Oh well, although the rear end isn't the most original it does start to give some family resemblances between the Sonata and Genesis...even if both tails seem a little too familiar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the front on its own looks great. Its modern but simple, the reason why we don't get it yet. It should age well. The rear is sexy and so is the interior.

        The issue comes in that the proportions, like PJ said, are a bit off. The seems too grandiose to fit the side profile. I don't know, I'll have to see the car in person to make a final judgement, but personally, minus the proportions, the style is sexy.
        Alex
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's like...I can't truly decide whether I like it or not. Someday I'll be ready to come out of this Hyundai closet I'm in -Anonymous
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it is the Venza-like grille that does it. Not a fan of the Venza. It looks bad. This looks better, but not convincing. The rear-end makes me think Camry a bit, but better. The interior is incredible. It looks spacious and a tight-fit finish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW if this is the next Sonata damn lol Hyundai is on a role
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