First Glimpse At 2020 Hyundai Sonata That Wants To Make A Design Statement (Updated)

The leaks continue for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, as we just received word today from the folks over at Almuraba that another undisguised example of the new mid-size sedan was captured in South Korea. These latest images that you can find in the gallery below, show the front and rear end in full. (Updated 2/26/2019)

While Hyundai isn’t ready to officially unveil their all-new Sonata, someone had a different opinion snagging a handful of images of the production model from what appears to be the factory floor.

Granted, these pictures from the Sonata XF forums in Korea (thanks to 강제헌 for sharing!) are not the best quality, but we’ll take them, as they give us a first undisguised look at the front and rear ends as well as a peek inside.

Korean officials have been promising us for some time now that the new Sonata “will make a big statement”. In fact, in an interview with Motortrend earlier this month, SangYup Lee, head of the Hyundai Global Design Center in Namyang, Korea, said that he thinks new 8th-gen model’s design will have the same impact as the coupe-style 2011 Sonata.

‘Le Fil Rouge’ influences

We’ll have to wait and see if Lee’s claims hold true, but the pictures do suggest that the 2020 Sonata will have a more distinct and aggressive styling than the soberly-styled 7th-gen car.

It’s also evident that the new mid-size sedan carries styling cues from Hyundai’s well-received ‘Le Fil Rouge’ concept from last year’s Geneva Motor Show, but as is usually the case when it comes to production cars, the execution leaves much to be desired.

Maybe it’s just us, but we also couldn’t help notice that the rear end has a Civic sedan vibe to it, at least as far as the lobster claw tail lamps are concerned.

Also Read: What’s With All The Lobster Claw Taillights These Days?

More premium inside

We only get a glimpse of the new Sonata’s interior with the center console that looks more upscale than the current model, but Hyundai has been steadily improving the quality, both perceived and measured, of its cabins with each new generation it launches, and we expect the trend to continue.

What about powertrains?

There’s a good chance that the 2020 model will soldier on in North America with either the same or improved versions of the current car’s 245hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four, alongside the 185hp 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four and the 193hp 2.0L hybrid and 202hp plug-in hybrid options, but we don’t have any concrete information about Hyundai’s plans yet.

We’ve heard rumors of Hyundai applying a performance N treatment to the new Sonata with their new 2.5-liter turbo, though we’re not so sure there’s a market for such a model. A specced out N Line model with visual and chassis upgrades sounds like a more reasonable option.

Debut in New York

In all likelihood, we will see the first official pictures of the Korean-market 2020 Sonata coming out in the next few weeks, with the North American model to be fully-revealed at the New York Auto Show in April.

One more thing is that it seems we were right to suspect that the European i40 successor we spied last summer (pictured above) will be the same car as the 8th gen Sonata. Given Hyundai’s absence in Geneva, the Euro model could debut in Frankfurt this fall.

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  • Jay

    Those sexy tail lights though!

    • Nordschleife

      Agreed but those headlights look kinda….LARGE

      • Because I’m Batman

        Those headlights look kinda Audi A7

      • Jay

        Looks like an Acura suv headlight for sure.

  • YES IT HAS A CIVIC VIBE TO IT BUT MUCH MORE TASTEFUL. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THIS IF IT DOES PREMIER AT THE NY AUTO SHOW.

  • david santiago

    It might have civic taillights, but the execution is WAY better than on the civic.

    • Craig

      I agree. But it is a bit too similar – I think.

      • Bash

        A lot similar!

  • Craig

    Au contraire! I think a Sonata N with a 6 speed manual transmission all fine-tuned by Former BMW M VP of Engineering Albert Biermann is exactly what’s needed. You need some tasty bait to bring in the fish.

  • kachuks

    I see more of a Volvo vibe.

  • MarkoS

    I am not seeing the Civic comparison any more than almost everybody is doing a version of C design these days. This is really quite different considering the trend. Hyundai certainly continues to explore design.

    • Mike anonymous

      This seems to be more aligned with a Design and shape influenced by their Le Fil Rouge Concept (shown below). The Company stated that they wanted their next regeneration of vehicles (Starting with the next Sonota) to featureDesign As Sexy As An Alfa Romeo” (Their words, not mine). I personally can not say if this is that, but it most certainly is a step in the right direction and seems to have a more premium design more akin to the likes of an (entry level) Mercedes Benz or Volvo competitor than any kind of ‘Camry’ competitor (taking a look at the details already).

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b65a595bfcf715cf9645b47d78938f3a987cd09ec87ab44becf7586f7cdb2c04.png

      It was stated that they’d be moving the vehicle up-market a bit, and its’ very clear (from what’s been shown especially on the interior) that this is going to be the case this generation around (following in a similar footpath of Kia lately). Making it less of a direct Camry competitor, and more of a: Volvo S60, Mazda 6, Jaguar XE, Kia Stinger, Level vehicle. (Obviously likely to retain a similar albeit maybe slightly higher price).

      With the added up-market improvements (luxury and design), If this is anything near as impactful as the first generation Sonota was upon it’s release (which if many remember was one of the few 4-door coupe designs apart from the CLS upon its’ release about a decade ago). then this vehicle should be not only a hit, but a monumental step forward for the company (in their push to follow Kia upmarket), as a whole, & I am personally very excited to see from Hyundai how this next generation Sonota will turn out to be.

      • Nordschleife

        C’mon Mike. I live for your responses and examples.

        • Mike anonymous

          Everyday can be amazing day, but it’s the things like this that really make my days all the more great & put a HUGE🌟 smile on my face. : )

          So, Not just in response to yourself @craigdoss:disqus, but to everyone else as well, Thank You! It means A Lot. 👍

      • bd0007

        This will not compete against the likes of the XE or Stinger.

        However, would not be surprised if they are shooting to compete w/ Mazda for having the combination of upscale sheetmetal and more premium interior (for a mainstream model).

      • Craig

        Wouldn’t it be fun if that concept was actually the car! That would certainly shake things up a bit.

        • Mike anonymous

          Well @disqus_QrRX8bterv:disqus, You may very well get your wish. 👍

          I decided to actually do some digging (*cough ‘scooping‘ *cough*cough (…sorry)) around (for you guys @MarketAndChurch:disqus, @craigdoss:disqus, & Everyone else), and take some time to highlight all of the details that I noticed from the Le Film Rouge Concept, amongst some other details.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2cb491d6c2cddea490227e2da87059f3cdb141b6c3976869d59d987f10062877.png
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/729427a11cc293ba4bcf3bfefbbbec6ec10f0d0ca8c0980e04265113c69a290d.png

          Not it’s not exactly Spot on, but many of the design & sculptural elements from their concept vehicle are there. I feel as though this well look MUCH better once the covers are taken off.

          • Nordschleife

            I try to never judge a car until it’s properly unveiled but I do think the headlights are current Sonata rather than concept. I feel with headlight technology they could’ve made a slimmer unit more in style with the concept, but again I hold final judgement upon release.

          • Craig

            Thanks Mike. Close.. but with design… a little bit off is enough to change everything. [As you know] Do you remember the Acura CL concept car? It was beautiful. When the ‘real thing’ showed up – it was very disappointing to say the least. And that can be said of most concepts.

          • D3X

            Ahem cough, more recently:

            BMW Z4 Concept – BMW Z4
            Toyota FT-1 Concept – Toyota Supra MKV

            Agree with you there. Concept look is much better and would have been much nicer if they brought more elements to resemble it.

      • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

        You’re always on point mike

  • Dude

    Woah that’s quite a departure. I like how unique it is but I’m a little sad because it doesn’t seem super modern. The current rear of the car is so clean but I can imagine this rear on a car from 5 years ago

  • Bash

    Personally I’m interested more in those Acura like Gear shifter buttons, I love them.

  • FordMopar

    Hyundai car designer – there, it’s done. What do you think?
    Lead designer- hmmmm, what’s up with the Civic tail lights?
    HCD- ohhh, yea, crap. I didn’t realize it. Oh I got it! Let me grab a red marker. [draws a long line across the bottom of trunk connecting one taillight to another]
    LD- Perfect! Let’s do it!

    • :/ Yurr

      Right on it lol 🧐

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      Another troll who doesn’t realize that ford reliability is a complete garbage

  • Archknight77

    The engines for the Sonata are the new Theta III NA and turbo 2.5L. It’s doing battle with the overpowered Camry and Accord, they aren’t likely to take chance on being overlooked by using the same old engines, unless the 2.0T becomes the new base engine.

  • no25

    Wow! It’s been about 10 years since the 2011 Sonata was revealed? I still find it to be the best looking Sonata. Including after looking at these leaked shots.

  • AMG44

    5th generation Sonata ripped off Honda Accord design in 2005. And Now Hyundai again looking at Honda (Civic) for inspiration.
    I find Kia cars better designed and more original than Hyundai.

  • Vangelis Goulis

    So now they also steal design elements from Japan too!!!

    • bd0007

      9G Accord rear looked eerily similar to the Genesis sedan.

      Odyssey copied the window “dip” which first appeared on the Genesis coupe.

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Hyundai is biggest design thief on car industry

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Hyundai is biggest design thief on car industry and you know who they are: ex vw group designers Walter da silva and donckerwolke

    • bd0007

      9G Accord rear looked eerily similar to the Genesis sedan.

      Odyssey copied the window “dip” which first appeared on the Genesis coupe.

      Honda also ripped off Volvo for years w/ the taillights on the CR-V.

      And de Silva never worked for Hyundai.

      • Yilmaz Yasar

        I didn’t say others were not inspired. But almost all hyundai’s model steal design element from popular car this is not acceptable. If ı remember correctly Walter da silva worked on hyundai/ kia group. Maybe ı wrong

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          I see we got a troller over the roller here

      • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

        Lets not forget xt4 is a copy of volvo xc40

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Peter Schreyer please become reinstated to oversee the Hyundai umbrella and save the company from dwindling with its awful design characteristics because these Hyundais are getting uglier by the minute.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      Awful design? Man you trolls are drunk of wine

      • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Awful design. That is what I said.

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          Can you trolls even design a car? I don’t think so.

          • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You should ask yourself that, fool!

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Sorry i don’t troll unless it’s a real life situation, fool.

  • bd0007

    Maybe it’s the (poor) angle, but the shape of the headlights is disappointing.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      It looks good bro. You commentors here have horrible taste

  • alexxx

    I thought it was civic.enough said.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      Looks nothing like the civic

      • alexxx

        That’s only your opinion …

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          says the one who thinks that this car looks like a civic

          • alexxx

            So…lots of people here also thinks it has Civic back lights and is also mentioned in the article…
            Yet you don’t see it…
            Okk…

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          no, it’s a fact. The only reason people are saying that because the author mentioned it when clearly, when you look at the concept from Geneva it’s almost identical to the production model.

  • Ben

    Hyundai “Yeah we stole it, now do something about it, punk”

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      Stole what? I don’t see what they stole

  • salamOOn

    so hyundai is switching to ugly and weird design again…?

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      No they’re switching back from ugly to stylish

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  • Leconte Dave

    Yikeees

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Civic/C-HR taillights in a tail-fin execution…

    ..me gusta!

  • Mike anonymous
    • no25

      I really don’t like that Audi-wannabe grille.

      • david santiago

        Hyundai has been doing these pentagon grills before audi

        • no25

          What? No they haven’t. Just stop.

    • Astonman

      I think it will do well. I like proportions I see in the picture with the label Palisade.

  • no25

    Wait, what’s this model??

    • Kaido Alex

      Santa Fe.

      • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

        What did he say? He’s on block

        • Kaido Alex

          He was asking what model was this.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Oh

  • Bananarama

    I mean, yes. They have another model now (just released last week) with similar lamps.
    But the resemblance to the Civic is uncanny. The actual elements, the swooping of the frosted LED around the white parts, the proportions on the trunk lid, all match the Civic way too closely. More so than to the new Santa Fe.

    If they would have cut out that white chunk, the way it flows would have looked a lot better and been more distinct (or they could have just made it all red like the Santa Fe).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd521e4527f716c8ff341346d59600980ec912a85278bf2d423cc09f262c4e22.jpg

    • Nordschleife

      While I see your point. I wouldn’t confuse the two based on the overall styling. It’s only so many appeasing and appealing taillight shapes out there.

  • Bananarama

    I really despise the grilles Hyundai has been plaguing its new models with. They’re slowly ruining their handsome designs with Lexus-wanna-be distaste.
    I loved the simple hexagon, but they keep morphing it and thickening it with garish chrome. The Palisade is the worst offender (trying to give the Avalon a run for its money in “ugliest face in the industry” award).

    I hope this turns out better.

    • WalthamDan

      Very true. the Tuscon looked great when the latest series came out. Now with the latest grille update it looks more dated and bland. The grille on the Elantra is a mess.

  • Nordschleife

    I am a little concerned with many of your Hyundai= theft comments. I’d like to know how many trendy, appealing and regulatory appeasing designs you think exists in the world? I am all for saying “this is reminiscent of that” but you all kill me with Hyundai is the biggest thrives in the industry. This may add fuel to the fire but I se more Lincoln MKS in the overall rear of this new Sonata but my point is all carmakers have features that are reminiscent of other cars. One could argue the Honda got inspired by the Ford as it was first. Those taillights are not a carbon copy so let’s cut the automotive world some slack.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/904d0b3cd9f31200fa23e3b4f18d3903f08c28ed671f85c40f8447aaceca9f8d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81808f598f000254b36dba939dd0e00297c2c784d7d46cf8003a53784d08f263.jpg

    • Mike anonymous

      Funny thing (and this may be off topic) but people don’t give Lincoln (in my personal opinion) enough credit for being a trend setter brand. (“Lincoln?.. A ‘trend setter brand’???” … Just Hear Me Out) Many of the ‘trends’ we see on vehicles today that are popular were first seen (mainstream or just in general) on Lincoln Vehicles. A Few examples are below.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5c5c3efab52e108f0499532aa7b1f7d77445c7ab8d43384ed312c44d98543b2a.gif

      2012-2013: Lincoln Introduces The MKZ with Full Width Tail-Lamps.
      After 2014 When Lincoln introduced the Continental Concept did the trend really begin to catch on. Lincoln was the first company to really (in modern cars) begin to put full width tail lamps on their vehicles starting the trends over half a decade ago.

      2012-2013: Lincoln Introduced The MKZ with Panoramic Glass Roof.
      Prior to this you generally would see either a front sun roof, or a rear sun roof, both separated within the cabin of the vehicle. But it was not until The MKZ & the subsequent MKC (which also features a fully glass uninterrupted Panoramic Sun Roof, although the one on the MKZ can actually go down (shown above in GIF)). It was around 2014/2015 that you really began to see the trend pick up steam.

      2014-2015: Lincoln Introduces the MKX with 360 Degree Camera System.
      Prior to this not many people had ever seen a 360 Degree camera system, (just go back and watch the original content about the vehicle when it came out, it was one of if not the first vehicle to use the tech). After this other companies soon caught on and you then began seeing it everything from Hondas to Rolls-Royces’.

      That’s just to name 3, and the list could honestly go on. But I don’t feel Lincoln Gets enough credit for the influence they’ve had on the industry as a whole, even in their times of struggle (which they are just not getting out of thank to vehicles such as the Aviator.)… I’m not saying these things didn’t exist before, but they weren’t really popular at least until Lincoln started doing it.

      But in addition to your comment I definitely agree; let’s cut the automotive world some slack. 👍

      • Nordschleife

        Mike whether we agree or disagree. You inspire me to be a better and more detailed commentator.

        Thanks.

      • Merc1

        I don’t understand the point here since these things were done by others before Lincoln. The reason why Lincoln doesn’t get credit is BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T DO IT FIRST and literally no one cares about whether or not a car has full width tailights.

        M

        • Mike anonymous

          This quote is from my comment/post above: “I’m not saying these things didn’t exist before, but they weren’t really popular at least until Lincoln started doing it.”

          While something such as ‘full-width tail lamps’ may not be something everyone cares about (and I understand what you mean, but point is that), its’ a trend everyone from Audi, To Mercedes, & even Hyundai, has followed/is following.
          One would be hard pressed to find an automotive brand that hasn’t incorporated at least one of these features into their vehicles after Ford/Lincoln Brought mainstream attention to it.

          They may not have been first as I previously stated, but they sure made it popular (creating new trends, and/or bringing old ones back from precipitate of their extinction).

      • Astonman

        more fun facts!

      • MarketAndChurch

        I think Lincoln also introduced the fake exhausts tips incorporated into the bumper too. I can’t remember if any cars had them prior to the MKZ concept, but remember the entire industry having them after 2013 and onwards. And I think it started with the MKZ concept. Before Kia and Hyundai, Ford was one of the most trend-setting companies out there, you can’t even begin to count all of the trends that they started that is a main feature on other brands, especially Toyota, VW, and many others.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f1dadf34af97d3de00fc49fdf9e01cbb1950c966f2662856795a9e29d4dbc18.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/71d721c0df4f96fb45d6f2e0ebd8380cf0ca9aa266ba0471574c24942995f9e0.jpg

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Is there a more pointless car company than Hyundai?

    • JRP

      Chrysler sells an outdated sedan and a minivan and GMCs are all rebadged Chevrolets with two crossovers that serve no purpose in existance.

      • Stephen G

        What makes the LX & RT outdated?

        • Jay

          I’m pretty sure they were referring to the 300.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      The cars that you made is pointless.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        Your non existent grammar is pointless.

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          *non-existent

          Try again

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            Try again. Punctuation is an issue for you too. lol

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Look at you, trying too hard to find my mistakes. You need to try harder in order to get me triggered with your failed little trolling tactics of yours, moron. LMFAO

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            Awww, now you are all upset.

            #Caseclosedcasketdropped.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            LMFAO your trolling game is worst and you can’t triggered nobody.

            #TakeYourL

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            “you can’t triggered nobody”
            Wow…maybe you have had a lobotomy. All is forgiven. EEEK.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            *yawn*

    • Rasta_Farian

      Mitsubishi.

  • Able

    Which Santa Fe is this?

    • MarketAndChurch

      It’s the new Chinese 7 passenger Santa Fe, I’ll post more when I get home. We won’t be getting it because we have the new Palisade.

  • PK

    I like it alot! <3

  • SteersUright

    I’m more and more impressed with Hyundai with every generation of cars they produce. Still hoping they finally come out with their own proper and affordable sports car. The Genesis coupe was too ugly and way too heavy, despite a very charming, great sounding and potent V6. Would love to see a proper competitor to the Corvette, M2, C63 coupe.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I ain’t never seen this hyundai santa fe before.

  • MarketAndChurch
    • Mike anonymous

      I was going back looking through some of Hyundais’ past designs & I found a concept that I hadn’t really seen before called the Hyundai HCD9 Concept which was revealed in 2006 but designed in 2005… & It makes me wonder just how much influence Hyundai has had on the automotive industry (or at least the section which it sells vehicles within) as a whole.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/570ba57ab428e6b3a3353f2fb1fed0a82980b8faed629e92789c788003504da5.png

      I am seeing not only a vehicle that looks & has the shape/style ‘invented by the X6’ that came out about 3+ years after this concept, but I am also seeing a sticking amount of Aston Martins’ DBX in this concept as well.

      Looking back to the 2011 Sonata, it seemed to force most vehicles and companies in that class to step their design ‘game’ up, as most were creating vehicle design you would find right at home in the year 2002, at the time.

      While I give Audi credit mostly for making the trend of large grilles on vehicles more popular, I do believe Hyundai actually had the pentagonal grille first as Audi only began using it in 2009 on their concepts, and later their production vehicles around 2011. It’s just become more pronounced since the prologue concept.

      It seems to be an evolution of both Hyundais’ & Audis’ previous designs from the 2000s’ that started off in different places, both coincidentally ‘around’ the same time.
      Either way, (on a different note) Hyundai was/has been a company thats’ (for the class of vehicles they sold in the past), really pushed automotive design and trends forward (with vehicle such as the original Genesis & Equis, and the 2011 Sonata).

      ———
      P.S. ~ (P.s ~ Also I had no idea this thread of comments was on my post until I of course scrolled up through it, and realized it was. I had Just though “wow” (the thoughtful Owen Wilson kind of ‘wow’) out loud. )

  • TheBelltower

    I dunno. This isn’t looking so great. The rear design is a mess, and the front grille is goofy and homely. Maybe it will all work better when we get to see it all together.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      This looks a lot better than the facelift elantra

  • SteersUright

    Ok, a few more pics and…how do they continue to get the Sonata so wrong when they’ve made their CUV’s so much better looking? It still looks like alien transport from a sci-fy movie rather than anything elegant, beautiful, sporty or anything pleasant to look at.

    • Toronado_II

      As the new G90.

  • Stephen G

    Why not just build the Le Fil Rouge? Grow a pair Hyundai!

  • KidRed

    Gross.

  • TB

    Why…why would they do what Honda did? I’m not sure it works here…

  • Netsphere

    typical korean design, lets copy what others have done. least innovative nation, keep making phones and fridges, at least you are good at that

    • Bash

      Maybe they copied something or two, but to me at least it looks better than the Honda!

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      Lmao you people think everything is a copy, typical

  • Liam Paul

    lol you are all saying not good, the picture really show nothing that you can make much out of

  • Brabusbus

    Omg, the rear design is so horrible. what are they thinking?

  • Bash

    Seriously, isn’t this almost a better looking accord than the … actual accord. I think it is.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      erm, no Bash.

  • Merc1

    It’s so interesting how only the domestics are giving up on sedans, while everyone else continues to redesign their to make them better and take market share from the domestics.

    M

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Certainly not this Sonata tho. Nothing about it is ‘better’ or desirable so far.
      Well, the interior looks promising but that exterior??

      • Merc1

        Doesn’t matter it will find and take the sedan buyers that GM, Ford and FCA are literally giving away.

        M

  • Toronado_II

    Hyundai really need a new front grill theme…

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      Their grill is fine the way it is

  • no25

    Updated photos make it look like someone flattened the current facelifted one. Looks awful

    • Mike anonymous

      I am not sure if its’ the car or the photograph. I though it was the photo was flattened a bit.

  • Leconte Dave

    Look like a fish

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      And?

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Well, fish stink so… 🙂

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          SMH you people

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    This car looks nothing like the civic. Stop with your Bs trolling

  • carsmofo

    They need a new emblem design. That hideous and unsymmetrical melted H is a constant reminder of a tainted past.

    • Danny Boy

      I can’t believe that they don’t get this. Just like their cousin KIA, the reason the Stinger isn’t selling! Both are associated with cheapness! But yes, you’re absolutely on point.

      • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

        Cheap? Do you know what Cheap is????

        • Danny Boy

          Yup, that “H” emblem and the “KIA” one! To be clear, I’m referencing the emblems. I actually really like their automobile designs. In fact, Genesis is one of my favs. They’ve done a good job separating themselves from the “H”, at least from a marketing standpoint. The Stinger never should’ve worn that KIA badge! It’s great, but it’s doomed! Why you ask? It’s associated with cheapness, and it’s 50+k!

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Ok, you do have a clear point, The stinger should have it’s own logo instead of Kia or they should made as an option. But I agree, Kia needs to change their logo to a new modern one.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      The H emblem is good. Stop with your BS.

  • Althea Later

    That S O N A T A on the rear looks a bit too much. Trying a little too hard. It’s a car, not a pickup truck.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      Hyundai is gping back to its regular days of having the original sonata letterings on the back of the car

      • The design looks dated as well. Going retro even with the design.

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          No it’s looks upscale more than the current one.

  • Althea Later

    Very hard to tell with all the reflections. I doubt it will be, unfortunately.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    WTH is going on with Hyundai designs lately first the Elantra & now this !!!

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      It looks good. Now stop with your BS

      • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

        It’s my view anyway
        I love some of Hyundai/Kia designs, but for my taste the newly refreshed Elantra & this spied Sonata is a downshifting in the design

        • Hyundai is trying to make every model unique so they stand out. They don’t want all models looking the same/similar like the luxury carmakers do.

    • Alduin

      I agree the new Elantra looks ugly.

  • If so, they’ll call it a coupe or sportback or something fancier than plain ol’ hatcback.

  • alexxx

    I don’t want to argue and I understand what you are saying. .. Me,Just saying my instinct or whatever thought it was Civic article when I saw picture of back lights even before reading…nothing else…
    Cheers

  • DadzBoyz

    This thing doesn’t look like it was designed on the same planet as the Le Fil Rouge. Seriously, this is about as much of a let down as a Concept —> Production Subaru.

    Tail: Nice, without the pick-up truck style
    S O N A T A across the back.
    Side: ZZZZZZZ….. Looks like a 6th or 7th generation Sonata.
    Nose: The new Elantra nose is bad. Making it 1.5 scale is 1.5 times worse.

  • IFDU

    (Credit to Korean Car Blog)

    Here’s a closer, upfront picture of the interior center stack. Following the Palisade interior design theme it seems: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f0fc1259c9313b0b32989175db7482a1769371c609cf84f9258fbbbe878db0e2.png

  • Alduin

    Whats with Hyundai’s latest design langauge? The new Elantra for 2019 looks ugly and the new Sonata will be as well.

  • Rasta_Farian

    I’m going to reserve judgment until it’s completely revealed.

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