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      03-05-2019 09:26 PM #1




      Hyundai has uncovered its new generation 2020 Sonata a little over a month before it celebrates its formal world premiere at the 2019 New York Auto Show on April 19.

      Bolder looks and a four-door coupe body

      Penned from a clean sheet, the eighth generation of Hyundai’s mid-size sedan marks a return to a more sporty, four-door coupe body style akin to the sixth generation model from 2009.

      It’s the first production model to embody the Korean brand’s new design mantra dubbed Sensuous Sportiness design that was previewed by last year’s Le Fil Rouge concept (HDC-1) and which to some extent, hinted at the new Sonata.

      “Sonata celebrates innovative coupe-like silhouette,” said Sang Yup Lee, senior vice president and head of the Hyundai Design Center. “A short overhang, sloping roofline and low deck lid create a balanced feel, and Hyundai’s signature chrome accent now goes all the way into the hood, making it look even longer. It also has LED lighting built in. These cues bring the Sensuous Sportiness design to life.”

      Trick lights, sort of

      In another first for a production Hyundai, the 2020 Sonata borrows of the Hidden Lighting Lamps from the HDC-2 concept car from last year’s Busan Motor Show. As the Korean company puts it, “the Hidden Lighting Lamps appear to be of a chromic material when switched off and become dramatically lit when turned on” to serve as Daytime Running Lights (DLRs).

      It’s bigger too

      Hyundai tells us that the new mid-size sedan comes with a 30mm (1.2 in.) lower height and a width extended by 25mm (1 in.). Its wheelbase is extended by 35mm (1.4 in), and its whole length by 45mm (1.8 in.).

      Hyundai’s efforts to give the Sonata a more premium feel and attractive design aren’t limited to the exterior, as the cabin has been overhauled accordingly. Bypassing the designers’ claims of elements being inspired by a Stealth aircraft, it does look like a better place to sit in than before, with the compressed the height of the dashboard and HVAC vents giving it a cleaner and lighter look.

      The centre-gauge cluster display is fully digital, while the infotainment screen gets capacitive touch buttons. There’s also a newly designed automatic transmission control with buttons instead of a traditional shifter. Yesterday, Hyundai confirmed that the Sonata will get a smartphone-based digital key. Owners will be able to download a smartphone app and then use it to unlock and start the vehicle.

      Sales of the new Sonata will start worldwide in the second half of the year.







      https://www.carscoops.com/2019/03/20.../#lg=1&slide=3

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      03-05-2019 09:27 PM #2
      First glance gave me some Arteon vibes but it might be the puke-tastic color.

      Edit: The tiny teardrop bumps on the tail lights bug me.

      Double edit: Wow, the interior is nice.
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      03-05-2019 09:29 PM #3
      The Sonata joining the Camry and Accord

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      03-05-2019 09:34 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by tejlab View Post

      "Of course that's just my opinion; I could be wrong."

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      03-05-2019 09:38 PM #6
      Looks too big but I like it. Big question is what they do with the next Elantra

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      Will it be FWD or RWD?
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      03-05-2019 09:53 PM #8
      Wow. That looks good.
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      03-05-2019 10:01 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by andlf View Post
      Will it be FWD or RWD?
      Really?

      Even the CLA is FWD.
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      03-05-2019 10:05 PM #10
      I wouldn't say it looks particularly coupe like but it looks decent. That gold color is an odd one to show it off. A few odd cut lines and trim here and there.
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      03-05-2019 10:07 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0T_Convert View Post

      The tiny teardrop bumps on the tail lights bug me.
      I'm sure someone spent many man-hours and many, many bottles of Soju working on it. First on a CFD program then inside a wind tunnel.

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      03-05-2019 10:12 PM #12
      That.... looks really good? Different but cohesive, somewhat.

      I like the chrome strip from headlight to A-pillar and onwards. Nice touch.
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      03-05-2019 10:14 PM #13
      The wheels on the particular model from OP's post look to be very easy to clean, so at least there's that.
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      03-05-2019 10:18 PM #14
      I recall that the cab drivers in Korea weren't a fan of the 2009 Sonata b/c the styling was too radical. And overall in general b/c Korean tastes tends to lean on the conservative side. So that's why Hyundai toned it down a bit for the following generation.

      So I'm guessing that taxi drivers won't be too thrilled with the new one? Or has Korean tastes evolved since then? I think Hyundai should work on a dedicated taxi based on one of their CUV platform. Something upright styling, sliding doors with a hatch back cargo opening.

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      03-05-2019 10:46 PM #15
      Ho lee **** that looks beautiful.

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      03-05-2019 10:59 PM #16
      Honda called. They want their Civic's tail lights back

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      03-05-2019 11:14 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by someguy123 View Post
      Honda called. They want their Civic's tail lights back
      Volvo called and said to get in line.

      That said, this is the nicest Korean design yet. Aside from the tail lights, it is neither derivative nor random and odd.
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      03-05-2019 11:23 PM #18
      Nice looking for a mainstream sedan, although I wonder since the sedan is dying now, if it's too late to the party? Perhaps there's more room though given GM & Ford are slowly killing off their sedans.
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      03-05-2019 11:23 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Seabird View Post
      Volvo called and said to get in line.

      That said, this is the nicest Korean design yet. Aside from the tail lights, it is neither derivative nor random and odd.
      I have to say, joking aside, it is a handsome automobile. It would seem that Kia and Hyundai are finally turning into a respectable and attractive automotive power. Good for them, the reliability has been there for a while, but the aesthetics, well, not so much.
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      03-05-2019 11:24 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by antilock View Post
      Nice looking for a mainstream sedan, although I wonder since the sedan is dying now, if it's too late to the party? Perhaps there's more room though given GM & Ford are slowly killing of their sedans.
      Price it right and buyers will come.

      Not to mention, if it's a global car US sales are just part of the equation.
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      03-05-2019 11:24 PM #21
      Dang. That really looks great. Great job, Hyundai.
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      Quote Originally Posted by someguy123 View Post
      Honda called. They want their Civic's tail lights back
      Looks a lot better than the Civic's which I never cared for.



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      Well I'm clearly in the minority. The YF Sonata (2011-2014) walks ALL over this, IMO.
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      Really is a good looking car, golf clap to Hyundai.
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