If there was no Hyundai badge, the front end styling of the Korean automaker's new China-only Mistra sedan could have fooled us into thinking it was a refreshed Nissan Altima. Walk around for profile and rear-end views, and we can see more than a bit of Azera in the newest Hyundai, too.

But the Mistra is indeed made for the Chinese market, Carscoops reports, and with a 185.6-inch length, 109.1-inch wheelbase and 71.7-inch width, in size it slots right between the Elantra and Sonata sedans. On the outside, the Mistra maintains Hyundai design cues but loses some of the swoopy styling employed on the Elantra and Sonata for more straight lines and angles.

The Mistra carries its more-restrained-than-Sonata looks to the interior, where occupants will be pleased to find brushed aluminum-look accents on the dashboard, some nice-looking wood trim (if that's your thing) and an easy-to-read instrument cluster with a digital center readout, similar to that in the Genesis sedan.

No 2.0-liter turbo motor makes it into the Mistra - Chinese buyers will have to make do with a choice between two naturally aspirated four-cylinder gasoline engines: a 1.8-liter mill that makes 143 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter engine good for 155 hp.


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      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      next generation Sonata?
      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chinese market Hyundai i40.
      kvnceleste
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very nice, hope the next Sonata looks like this.
      Archknight
      • 1 Year Ago
      The concept of this car was a good start and I thought the Sonata may have taken on this look in other markets. It makes no sense as a tweener for the US and European markets as there isn't a segment for it. The interior is looks really outdated but I guess that is to actually make customers think on whether they really want this vehicle or go for the larger Sonata or smaller Elantra. It's styling would work as a replacement for either the Sonata or Elantra, but the Sonata replacement is already developed. The Elantra is 6 inches shorter, so unless it's really going to be distanced from it's KIA sibling and move upmarket, I doubt this will be rebadged to replace it.
        Archknight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Archknight
        I also find the fog lights overdone and the rear to be underwhelming but luckily this is a China only model.
      Chase
      • 1 Year Ago
      That back is straight from the 7-series
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Last gen accord grille
      cooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugly, the front lights are all crooked looking.
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is very interesting. It's like a throwback Hyundai. I know several automakers sell old platforms in China but this is like they designed something outdated from the start.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it. This is how the Azera should look like. But I'm not as impressed with the interior as I am with the exterior. It looks really dated.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chinese automotive tastes are almost as strange as American. They are crazy about big, boxy sedans. Having owned sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs, I don't see how anyone could pick a sedan over a hatch/wagon. You gain massive amounts and utility and give up nothing.
      EB110Americana
      • 1 Year Ago
      The grill shape seems to bite pretty hard off the latest Volvos. The top corners are a bit more pointed due to the steeper sides, but the look is there.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      herr schreyer is doing quite a good job!
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