The so-called Hyundai Mini-Sonata now has a proper name. Called the Mingtu in China, this new sedan will slot in between the compact Elantra and midsize Sonata, and it sports a pretty nifty look.

We've known for a while now that Hyundai is working on a more mature version of its Fluidic styling language, the first fruits of which showed up in the latest Santa Fe, and the Mingtu seems to take that refined appearance to the next level with a refined look of creased lines, a chiseled fascia and a smooth greenhouse.

There's no indication that this car will be offered in the US market, but it's certainly possible that some of its styling elements will carry over to the next Elantra or Sonata. In any case, expect a range of 1.8- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines to be announced for the Chinese market when the Mingtu makes its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show this weekend.


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      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Make that a genesis!
      Felipe Politano
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chinese buyers are not very into swoopy four-door-coupe lines, so I guess that much of its angular and upright proportions will be model-specific, not trickling down to the rest of Hyundai's lineup.
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can tell the haters are out in full force because every time a new Hyundai model is released the reader comments seem to reflect that it looks like 30 different cars and Hyundai must have completely copied all of them. If a car looks like a 30 different cars, no reasonable person will claim that they copied any one car. I guess the unreasonable part is expecting people to act reasonably.
        Darius
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dmitriy Markelov
        Haha I know right they say Acura, Honda, Buick, Kia, Ford, Audi, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Toyota, Mazda like foreal though if that's the case every single car looks like another.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dmitriy Markelov
        Reminds me of those people who, when they listen to any new music, will immediately try to pretend that they have heard it all before, and that it is nothing more than a mix of the Rolling Stones, The Fugees and the Strokes, etc, etc.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Actually the more I look at this car, the more it strikes resemblance to Buick--which JUST so happens to be one of the best selling brands in China. Well done Hyundai, well done.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      So many Anti Hyundai trolls here.
      L E I G H T O N
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes headlights, chevy cruze/cadi ATS body, Bmw 3 series lower vents
      Hampton
      • 1 Year Ago
      How did they manage to copy the next generation Mercedes C Class before it even came out next year!
        Hampton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hampton
        "Before it comes out next year." Apologies to my fourth grade English teacher.
      z28ssx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rebadged Chevy Cruze?
      douglas
      • 1 Year Ago
      to be Frank, shouldnt a car halfway between a SONata and an elanTRA be called a sonatra
      ACURA23CL
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like it got it's name from a Pokemon.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        [blocked]
      waddup
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks like a rebadged 2014 volvo s60.
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's really classy, how the grille pays homage to the USDM Accord.
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