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SPIED: Hyundai preps next Sonata

2013-08-26 11:36

HYUNDAI’S NEXT-GEN SONATA: Spy photographers captured images of Hyundai’s next Sonata undergoing testing in Germany. Image: Automedia

Hyundai is adopting a more assertive look for its next sedan-stunner. Spy photographers captured the new model undergoing testing in Germany.

The car has already completed extensive testing in the US and is now being honed on the Nurburgring race track.

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Though the new sedan is still heavily camouflaged, we can make out the shape of the new grille and see its headlights. It’s clear Hyundai is adopting a more mature look that borrows elements from the automaker’s more upmarket Genesis, which is also being redesigned.

Premium touches include LEDs and dual-tip chromed exhausts. The interior will sport soft-touch materials and a large LCD situated on the center-console.

VELOSTER POWER?

Hyundai is sticking with the current Sonata’s platform for its next-generation flagship, though it will have undergone significant revisions.

For starters, the enter engine line-up will be turbocharged. It’s possible a version of the turbocharged 1.6 four-cylinder used in the Veloster Turbo will replace the current Sonata’s 2.4 base option.

The turbocharged 2.0 four-cylinder offered in the current Sonata 2.0T should carry over and we expect a hybrid version to be offered as well.

Hyundai will launch its new Sonata in 2014.
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