A pair of Hyundai Sonatas have been spotted when being tested in south east Michigan in the snowy wasteland there. The cars are highly disguised but there are a few clues as to what they are going to be like. The roofline can be seen and it looks a similar shape to the outgoing model. The grille and beltline look very much like the 2015 Genesis. It is expected that the Sonata will be less upright than the Genesis though. It will be the second Hyundai model that has the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.
Two years ago the Sonata was fourth in a six car comparison test and the segment has changed a lot since then. This means that the Hyundai will have to work hard to compete with the mid-sized sedans from Mazda, Nissan, Honda and Ford. The sales are strong though with the Camry, Fusion, Altima and Accord being the only models that sold more last year. This means that the new Sonata should be able to provide a genuine threat in this market segment.
The car will use the same platform as the current version but with some modifications. The focus, according to engineers, has changed from focussing on the content to comfort and dynamic capabilities.
It is expected that the same 2.0 litre turbocharged, four cylinder engine will be used as on the current model. However, there are some rumours that the current 2.4 litre will be replaced with a smaller turbocharged four. There is a 1.6 litre turbo in the Velostar Turbo capable of 201hp so it would make sense to also use it in the Sonata.
The Sonata will see competition from a lot of other cars such as the Kia Optima, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda 6 and Nissan Altima. It is expected that it will debut in April’s New York Motor Show ready to go on sale later this year. This market is extremely competitive and so it is expected that the price will be very close to the current models price of $22,260.