Smaller Sonata or larger Elantra? Either way, Hyundai is indeed working on some sort of vehicle to slot between its two sedans in China.

The intent, according to Reuters, is to create a vehicle that is smaller and more affordable than the current Sonata but still roomy and upscale enough for middle-class buyers looking to trade up from compact cars. Two people with direct knowledge of the new Hyundai have reportedly referred to this vehicle as "Sonata-lite."

Frank Ahrens, a Hyundai spokesman, confirmed to Reuters that the automaker intends "to produce a new model sized between the Sonata and the Elantra." Hyundai has no plans to offer this model in any other markets.

By adding this new model, Hyundai hopes to regain some of the market share that it's lost in China during the first half of 2012. The new "Sonata-lite" is expected to launch sometime in 2014.


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      Paulo Mabira
      • 2 Years Ago
      Selantra? or better yet Selantro (cilantro)? :)
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd bet it will be a longer wheel base version of the Elantra.
      Anne Onomous
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need a Sonate-lite here, instead of this overbloated looking Solara in drag.
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is critical for Hyundai's success in China. Despite their well-earned and newfound respect in America, I believe that the Chinese market tends to place Hyundai at the bottom of the heap, in terms of quality/tech perception.
      Ian D.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't BMW make a long wheel base 3 series for this market as well? Why create a longer wheel base when you have larger cars already in the fleet? Oh well, maybe that's why I'm not in the board room making these decisions. *shrugs*
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ian D.
        The chinese don't follow our train of thought. They stole the patents for the train, built it out of extremely cheapened materials, and it runs a little rough.
      Vaggeli
      • 2 Years Ago
      it'll just be the i40 from europe. perfect size and easily cost-reduced for emerging markets. done
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's the extended wheelbase elantra, because even people buying the cheapest of the cheap need to have a special longer version, rather than buying the actual longer car.