New Hyundai Sonata and Genesis SUV Coming Later This Year

Genesis introduced the GV80 concept at the 2017 New York Auto Show and it appears the production model will be unveiled later this year.

According to Reuters, Hyundai Motor Group “heir apparent” Euisun Chung addressed employees on New Year’s Day and revealed Hyundai, Kia and Genesis will launch 13 new or facelifted models this year. Among them are a “premium Genesis SUV” and an all-new Hyundai Sonata.

Besides confirming plans for more than a dozen new or facelifted vehicles, Chung said Hyundai will launch an autonomous taxi pilot program in South Korea by 2021. Details about the service are limited, but the company is reportedly looking to “expand partnerships with leading players in that area.”

Getting back to the mid-sized crossover, the concept featured a prominent crest grille which was flanked by quad headlights. These same styling features have already been seen on prototypes for the next-generation G80.

Moving into the cabin, the concept had a digital instrument cluster and a curved 22-inch “infinity display” with two distinct zones for the driver and front passenger. Other highlights included semi-aniline leather seats, ash wood trim and polished metal accents.

We haven’t heard much about the crossover lately, but previous reports have suggested the model will ride on the same platform that underpins the next G80. The crossover is also expected to be offered with a couple of different engines. There’s no word on specifics, but the model could have a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 with around 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and a 5.0-liter V8 developing approximately 420 hp (313 kW / 425 PS).

Less is known about the Sonata, but a possible prototype was spotted on the Nurburgring last summer. That particular car featured some styling cues from the Le Fil Rouge concept and appeared far more stylish than the current model.

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  • SgtBeavis

    I know the crossover is a concept but it looks to me like a lot of that is going to carry over into production. The revised grill is much nicer IMO. The interior is great. The geometric lattice design theme is nice but it really comes through on those wheels. I don’t expect we’ll see it in the pillars at all.

    Well done Hyundai.

  • Rocket

    I’m really looking forward to the production GV80. That grille is going to have to grow on me if it’s production-ready, however.

    • donald seymour

      I absolutely love the grille.

    • bd0007

      The production version of the GV80 seems to follow the concept pretty well.

      One of the changes is in the grille design (which needed improvement).

  • Bash

    I want to see that Genesis SUV now!

  • MarketAndChurch

    My current car is the 2017 Sonata, and it’s not a bad car. I feel like this new one will be too ideological and too “into itself” to have the mainstream appeal that Hyundai needs to be a top3 midsize sedan seller.

  • Stephen G

    The GV80 Concept is stunning. I’m sure the production model will pale in comparison.

    • Nordschleife

      Hopefully the headlight of the G90 look better integrated into this complete designed with them car. I wasnt impressed with those headlights.

      • donald seymour

        Really? Because I’m a sucker for them headlights.

  • drc

    Yes it is..if they can keep that GV80 look, and the price under $ 80K, I’m a buyer for it.

  • OptixGuru

    The new Sonata makes me think about what would come out of a cross between the new Volvo S60, Ford Fusion and the new Chevrolet Malibu…but nothing new nor fresh.

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