So a new Sonata isn't as exciting as a new Chevrolet Corvette, but given the enthusiasm the current Hyundai midsize sedan has generated around these parts, musing about what might be coming down the pipeline is worth at least a few minutes. Hyundai's Korean CEO Kim Choon-ho has told Reuters that a "revamped" Sonata is due in just two years, following closely on the heels of a new Genesis in late 2013.

In case you haven't been paying attention, we have loved the new Sonata and its Optima cousin from Kia ever since they first hit our shores back in 2010. This pair is the class of the midsize class, and we can only wonder what Hyundai has planned to keep them on top, given the fierce competition.

We'd suspect the new Sonata will be launched here as a 2015 model, which would make some sense. Though we haven't driven it yet, the new-for-2013 Ford Fusion looks poised to bring the goods, and the next generation of the hot-selling Nissan Altima will soon be unveiled at the New York Auto Show.


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      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see that some are finally realizing what I've been saying all along - the obsessive Hyundai / Kia and Nissan coverage on autoblog continues......unfortunately.
        Slideways
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        As of what I see now the first page only has 1 Hyundai post (this) and no Nissan posts... Stop trolling.. you're not good at it.
        fcarlo17
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        So what, what's wrong with that? It's automotive news, it's relevant... It's not Autoblog's fault Nissan and H/K are usually the visible companies at the moment...
        ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Walt, out of last 40 articles 1 has been about hyundia and 3 have about nissan. so pls shut up.
        HydraulicDragon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        They both make fantastic vehicles, what of it?
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      MOAR HYUNDAI NEWS
      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      When it debuted with Hyundai's new design language, the internet commenter crowd loved it because it was swoopy, alien, aggressive, etc. Younger people, which make up PART of the buying population, like edgy designs. The rest of the buying population wants a car that soothes them while being useful but not difficult to look at, and doesn't require expensive thin 18" tires just to match the swoopy body. Other problems include the rear seat headroom being cut by the roofline, and a ride not as controlled as some competitors. The car is not selling as well in Korea as Hyundai would like, so I'm expecting a toned down design for the mid-life refresh. Other things that I would speculate on being updated are suspension tuning and maybe powertrain refinements.
        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        "Other things that I would speculate on being updated are suspension tuning." That's a given; if Hyundai/Kia have one glaring weakness, it's that their suspensions aren't as thoroughly developed as some of the establishment's. They're supposedly hampered by a domestic market that prefers a heavier bias towards comfort, but that's why other automakers put serious time into tailoring their cars for the road surfaces of other markets.
          mattkpsu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @msspamrefuge
          Yeah the dreadful electric steering and the wandering problem are what really needs to be addressed. Otherwise it is a great car. I have the sport suspension and it's not that choppy, really, even with summer 18's. I do think the stiff suspension contributed to the wandering problem for sure though.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it really necessary to report on cars getting refreshed 2 years ahead of time? I bet that every car is going to be refreshed in 2 years. Especially cars like the Sonata, not a bad car but hardly exciting news.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
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          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          You are just jealous that Honda is not in news as much. Don't worry. Autoblog will cover that as soon as the next poorly designed Civic comes out.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ Mary Keana Whatever you say ____|____, I mean herman, I mean invisiblog, I mean.....
        AZTrafEng
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        I agree, unless I'm getting news or facts about the changes it doesn't mean anything. The Hyundai Sonata will get another refresh/redesign in 2019, you heard it here first!
          rmkensington
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AZTrafEng
          And in 2019 it will still handle like a mattress and have numb steering.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        Are you talking about Acura NSX? I thought that was 10 years away, not 2.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they fix the entire front end of this car.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am impressed by Hyundai's enthusiasm and willingness to update their products so often, but I am also afraid that they might try to "Elantra-ize" the styling of the Sonata like they did with the redesigned Genesis coupe as well as the rest of their lineup. In my opinion, the Sonata is easily the best looking of the vehicles in the Hyundai lineup - the Elentra is decent and all, but its got that weird chopped nose, and its overly-styled when it comes to all the swoopy body lines.
        Titansfan1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        The refresh is early because they will be the oldest looking car after doing a total redesign in 2011. Ford will come out with the new fusion this year. I am curious about Honda.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Matt.P
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet the Sonata will have the new "storm edge" design cue that will be available for the 2013 Santa Fe.
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