Hyundai is locked and loaded to debut its redesigned, 2015 Sonata at the New York Auto Show next month. For one enterprising Korean photographer, however, the reveal just couldn't come soon enough.

A South Korean website called Bobaedream.co.kr unceremoniously published some images of what would appear to be a completely undisguised example of the new Sonata. Korean Car Blog quickly followed up on the leak, claiming that the car in question was fitted with Hyundai's 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine, making 274 horsepower, and connected to an all-new, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Whether that information came from a reliable insider source (as the photos would suggest) or was just a best guess, we can't say. But we can see what direction Hyundai is headed in with the Sonata. The front end seen in the spy shots is more or less what we'd already seen in the last teaser picture, with a new headlamp design helping to set off a prominent grille. The grille does seem to have some element of the strong, graphical surround from the teaser, too, though it's not as defined in these low-resolution pictures. Sheetmetal on the hood and bodysides seems cleaner, straighter and less fussy than in the current car, too. As for whether or not this is the Korean-spec car or the one destined for the US market, that's unclear, though we have been told that the two cars do look very similar.

What say you? Does this leaked image promise a better-looking Sonata, or is the 2015 car a step backwards in terms of design? Tell us which way you're leaning, in Comments.


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      Sean
      • 9 Months Ago
      So the key signatures for the Sonata carries over, like the chrome flanking the hood's shut lines, the arcing roofline, and the stretched greenhouse. Everything else is just a trendy update.
      FIDTRO
      • 9 Months Ago
      Seeing as how Hyundai re-hired that fool who oversaw the MPG falsification, I'll bet Hyundai is going to claim this trash gets 70mpg, right? LOL
      FIDTRO
      • 9 Months Ago
      Same unreliable junk as the last model but with a more boring design.
        knightrider_6
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Sonata 2013 sales: 203,648 A6 2013 sales: 22,428 The numbers speak for themselves
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hideous.
      SJXShark
      • 9 Months Ago
      The front looks like Toyota Camry
      Stridenttube
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm disappointed in how poorly the current design aged. It doesn't look fresh and it's not really that old.
      Karl
      • 9 Months Ago
      Didn't think they'd be able to make it uglier than the current design.... They've done it though.
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like it-I think Hyundai/Kia have become Juggernauts in the fwd sedan world.
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like it.
      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      See, why can't CrapWagon design good cars like Hyundai does?
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
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      Rick Pettry
      • 9 Months Ago
      let me say after 16 years in the automotive world. I have never seen a more over rated car than the Hyundai. Elantra. Hyundai compair's it to the Honda Civic. They Elantra should be compaired to the Mazda 3. and the Dodge Dart. and that isn't really fair. the Elantra has more road noise than any car I have owned. they have electrical problems. They are horrible in the snow, and Hyundai spent millions marketing this car at 40 MPG"s in 2012 and now they have admitted this fact. but are now saying it get 38 -39 MPG. that is a outrages lie. the most this car gets going down hill is 35.5.. it is the most uncomfortable car I have owned and the interior sucks. do your home work and talk to other dealers before you buy a Hyundai. go drive the other cars. if you want great MPG'S go drive the Mazda 3. if you want comfort and Good mileage with all wheel drive go drive the Subaru. Hyundai offers a 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warrnty, which you will need. you also should buy a extended warranty for the electronics. that adds another $2,500.00 to the price. as I was told buy our dealer after I agreed to buy this car.. and this car at only 2 years old and with 27K is only worth half of the sticker price, So think about that, that is a huge loss. our Honda Civic. was over 10 years old and only had 150K on it and it was worth more than this pile of garbage. all you hear from HYUNDAI is Hype. like I said do your research. check out the resale value. of the other cars compaired to the Hyundai.
      Flat4
      • 9 Months Ago
      2015 Hyundai Sonata found uncovered...Put it in the ground and cover it up!
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