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Take a good look at the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The Korean competitor is obviously designed to go up against cars such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. But, unlike those generally staid sedans, the Sonata features a rather rakish, swept-back design that has earned it plaudits among the motoring press and consumers alike.
In order to properly compete with the aforementioned Accord and Altima (though not the Camry – Toyota cut its losses on the slow-selling Solara coupe), the Hyundai Sonata needs to be offered in a sportier two-door configuration. Will it happen? Though the Korean automaker isn't willing to confirm anything at present, it's certainly a distinct possibility that development of such a machine is well under way.

According to Inside Line, a Hyundai Sonata Coupe could arrive late in 2011 or early 2012. If that's the case, Theophilus Chin's excellent rendering of such a machine seems likely to be spot on. As pointed out by IL, the presence of the Genesis Coupe would probably mean that a two-door Sonata wouldn't be overtly sporty, but the availability of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four with 274 horsepower could go a long way towards spicing things up a tad.

So... what do you think?

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't seem like a lot of room for a Sonata Coupe. Sonata Sedan starts at $19, Genesis Coupe starts at $22. Are there really that many suitpanted secretaries who find the Genesis Coupe too sporty?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It remains to be seen if the Sonata coupe comes to fruition (as well as an Optima coupe), but aside from the fact that the Genesis coupe would be a harder riding vehicle than a coupe version of the Sonata, FWD vs. RWD makes a big diff. for potential buyers, esp. in the cold-weather states.

        Also, by the time a Sonata coupe arrives (if it ever does), it will soon be time for the next-gen Genesis coupe - which reportedly will go upmarket.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @flappypaddle


        370z doesn't have a back seat. altima coupe does. 370z has barely any trunk space. altima coupe has a real trunk. altima coupe with VQ has 270hp. 370z has 332hp. altima coupe is an altima. 370z is a Z.


        unlike a sonata coupe and genesis coupe, the z and altima coupe are not usually going to be cross shopped. they are too close together, and save for the fact that one is FWD and the other is RWD, there will be a lot of cross over. i don't think it would work out too well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hyundai is also going to have the Veloster/Tiburon too though. I don't see Nissan offering a SE-R coupe again...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who knows. As an aside, I know the automakers' excuse for not having a wagon is always sales, but really, do people buy the Altima coupe or the Accord coupe in large numbers? Sigh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There has to be room after all Nissan sells the 370z and the Altima coupe and both with the VQ for that matter. There will always be sales for people who dont know better and just want sleek looking car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bob-omb.

        Coupes are loss leaders. Wagons are just plain losers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needs a longer door to be a true coupe, otherwise, it looks great.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Awkard looking design to say the least. It literally looks a squashed Toyota Solara.

        Nobody does bad design quite like Hyundai.

        With their sketchy quality and cheap interiors you have to wonder who's going to buy this new "Squashed Solara" (they should call it the Sonata SS) other than Hyundai's traditional rental car market?

        The taxpayers in Georgia are definitely NOT getting their $1.5 billion subsidy to Hyundai back on this turd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd like to see it's Kia cousin in two door form because that car looks awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow. If the production car (assuming there is one) looks anything like the rendering, the Mercedes E-Class Coupe is going to have very little reason to exist.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No way it would be built without a B pillar - this car was not engineered for it in the first place, and it'd be way too big a job to rebuild the car for this lovely roof. Not at this price point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Great? It looks freakin sexy.
        (Wow...2 years ago I would have laughed out loud at calling a Hyundai sexy)

        Those wheels need to go though. Would really much better if it had a set of better looking wheels on that rendering.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a Toyota Solara, only nicer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      accord/altima coupe sells pretty well. i think hyundai should go for it. just make it slightly different.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice but give me a wagon instead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's exactly what I was thinking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The wagon (er, estate) is definitely in the works, but likely only for the EU market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The biggest problem rigth now with Hyundai is that they are listen to the entusiast,
      no real customers. I figure in the near future Hyundai take aim to Porshe, Ferrari, Lambo them Roll Royce and Finally Formula One.
      Take notice that Toyota and Honda are not the favorite cars at the web, but the
      showrooms tell another story.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's refreshing at least, most every other automaker seems to like to ignore enthusiasts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's obvious that this rendering is based off of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, but if it actually turned out like that, that would be sick!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'd be great being pillarless as this rendering. As Hyundai brought RWD back to broad audiences with its Genesis line, maybe it's time to make again hardtops a non-luxury thing as it was 30 to 40 years ago.
      It'd add exclusiveness to a broad audience car in a ocean of pillared appliance-like coupes and also improve lateral visibility to the driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great in coupe Form...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The coupe roofline that looks so out of place on the sedan looks just right here. Imagine that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda had this problem with the CL and Accord coupe. Didn't fare so well.

      This car's fate depends on how it's marketed. If they stuff it with luxury options and pitch it as a GT, I think it would stand. Reasonably good chance in this market.

      My final rediction. It's in an already full niche market, and won't fare well, primarily because of the Genesis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, GM didn't have much luck with the Monte Carlo and Ford's large 2 doors are gone too.

        That's the thing, people that want 2 door cars usually are looking for sports cars, so large & in charge is a real downfall.

        What would be cool is a slightly shorter geared 2.4 GDI powertrain in the Genesis Coupe as a cheaper option over the turbo. Would be a hell of a Scion TC killer.
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