South Korean automaker Hyundai is working on the next- generation Sonata sedan as the car has been spied testing recently. However, the spied test mule has been spotted heavily camouflaged without revealing much about the looks and design of the upcoming sedan but it definitely reveals that the next- gen Hyundai Sonata will be offered with major design changes.
The more interesting fact about the Hyundai Sonata is that the South Korean automaker launched s the mid-cycle facelift of the Sonata in the United States this year in May and has already started working on the new-gen model. However, the car has been discontinued in India but it's still on sale in the US and few other global markets. Also, Hyundai might debut its Fluidic Sculpture 3.0 design language with the new-gen Sonata that is expected to be introduced in late 2019 as a 2020 model.
According to the spied images, the upcoming Hyundai Sonata facelift can been seen standing beside its rivals - a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Chevy Malibu indicating towards some benchmark testing. The camouflaged test mule however does reveal some considerable design changes in the form of some considerable design changes.
The camouflaged image also reveals the all-new face to be offered on the updated Sonata with the new larger grille, which now comes with horizontal slats instead of the outgoing honeycomb pattern, and a pair of new headlamps. The spied vehicle can also be seen running on a set of black multi-spoke alloy wheels. However, these appear to be temporary units and the production version is likely to get different ones. Though the camouflaged image reveals the major design changes, there is no image of the interior of the upcoming sedan. However, we can also expect the cabin to offer some major changes like the exterior as well.
Talking about the powertrain, as the sedan is currently in early stages of preparation, it would be too early to say anything about the engine and the technical specifications of the sedan. However, the existing Hyundai Sonata comes powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged, a 2.0-liter turbocharged, and a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Out of the three engine options, the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine was recently added to the line-up it is likely to be carried over to the new model. The transmission duties are performed by a six-speed automatic, a seven-speed dual-clutch, or an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The eight-generation Hyundai Sonata is expected to debut sometime early next year as a 2020 model. As Sonata has been discontinued in India, the sedan is not likely going to make its way to the Indian market and will be limited to US and other global markets only. It will be quite early to make any predictions about the sedan till the automaker makes any official announcements. Let’s wait and watch what the next- generation Hyundai Sonata has more in its kitty to offer by time.
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