Scooped: 2014 Hyundai Sonata LF Shows the Interior Trim [Updated]

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Updated with new interior spyshots via LFSonataClub

Last month we were talking about another light facelift on the Hyundai Sonata for its local market (South Korea), and today we received this spy pictures directly from there in which one can see the Sonata Fluidic Design with an strong cammo in the front and rear end.


Launched in 2009 in overseas markets, the Hyundai Sonata YF (sources codename the car on the spy shots as “LF”, maybe the next gen?) only receive minor facelifts during this time, this is because we think that those pictures hide a bigger update. Actually we don’t have more information about if this are a facelift or the next-gen model, please stay tuned for more details soon and say what you think!

Image credit: [LF-SonataClub] [Kaablog] [Kksstudio]

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  • Richard

    Looks quite similar to the Mistra Concept the debuted some time back. If applied correctly, I think it will be quite nice. I hope the interior is update as well, as in reworking the steering wheel (only weakness imo) and hopefully making the touchscreen standard but still leaving navigation optional (a la camry).

    • FS

      indeed it looks the same, i’ve seen the uncovered version of the new LF in korea. the only different is the hexagonal shape of the grill. Mistra has a wing type shape grill where as the new LF continues the hexagonal shape type

      • thekcb

        Really? You don’t have any images of that?

        • FS

          we were was at the R&D centre for a visit where no cameras or any digital device were allowed. too bad 🙁

          • FS

            We were at*

        • FS

          Mistra is about the size of the i40 sedan if im not mistaken. the new LF would be about the same size as the current YF.

      • Andrew

        Wow, I had a feeling when the Mistra was released that I was looking basically at the new Sonata. Makes sense too, given finding images of a production Mistra is very difficult though I have seen some.

        Since you have seen it care to share? Is it a big departure from the sleek lines of the current Sonata YF. Also, is the interior less extravagant in the sense that, the spyshots show a bit of a step backwards of an interior as opposed to the current Sonata. Almost basic and pre fluidic sculpture Hyundai.

        • Andrew

          Also, I’m hoping its closer to the concept Mistra the we saw earlier. The production Mistra is a bit of a let down.

          • FS

            From my humble opinion, it is a step downwards from the current fluidic sculpture design of the YF. In term of quality, it wont be different from the YF. they maintain the same quality i guess.

            Interior wise, i would say it is more like KIA style. and exterior design somehow shows some Optima design cues.

            Sorry for my bad English though cos English is not my main language ;D

          • thekcb

            Exterior design looks like the Genesis Sedan renders? That’s Fluidic Design 2.0 according to Hyundai.

            We are you from FS? There are any way to talk with you by Facebook, Hangouts or other? Greetings! 😉

          • FS

            email me at dellz19@gmail.com and i will give u my facebook/instagram detail 😉

          • Andrew

            You have pictures?!!? Yea, I agree, the Mistra is a bit of a step back, more so in the side profile. Not too keen on a Kia esque interior. If there was one thing Hyundai has consistently done better than Kia, it’s interiors.

          • FS

            Sorry Andrew we were not allowed to take photograph. Interior wise the mistra is a let down because of the cheap wooden plastic material. You wont see that in the new LF

          • FS

            The new Sonata LF is indeed the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. it looks more bold and tough though.

  • Richard

    Looks quite similar to the Mistra Concept the debuted some time back. If applied correctly, I think it will be quite nice. I hope the interior is update as well, as in reworking the steering wheel (only weakness imo) and hopefully making the touchscreen standard but still leaving navigation optional (a la camry).

    • FS

      indeed it looks the same, i’ve seen the uncovered version of the new LF in korea. the only different is the hexagonal shape of the grill. Mistra has a wing type shape grill where as the new LF continues the hexagonal shape type

      • thekcb

        Really? You don’t have any images of that?

        • FS

          we were was at the R&D centre for a visit where no cameras or any digital device were allowed. too bad 🙁

          • FS

            We were at*

        • FS

          Mistra is about the size of the i40 sedan if im not mistaken. the new LF would be about the same size as the current YF.

      • Andrew

        Wow, I had a feeling when the Mistra was released that I was looking basically at the new Sonata. Makes sense too, given finding images of a production Mistra is very difficult though I have seen some.

        Since you have seen it care to share? Is it a big departure from the sleek lines of the current Sonata YF. Also, is the interior less extravagant in the sense that, the spyshots show a bit of a step backwards of an interior as opposed to the current Sonata. Almost basic and pre fluidic sculpture Hyundai.

        • Andrew

          Also, I’m hoping its closer to the concept Mistra the we saw earlier. The production Mistra is a bit of a let down.

          • FS

            From my humble opinion, it is a step downwards from the current fluidic sculpture design of the YF. In term of quality, it wont be different from the YF. they maintain the same quality i guess.

            Interior wise, i would say it is more like KIA style. and exterior design somehow shows some Optima design cues.

            Sorry for my bad English though cos English is not my main language ;D

          • thekcb

            Exterior design looks like the Genesis Sedan renders? That’s Fluidic Design 2.0 according to Hyundai.

            We are you from FS? There are any way to talk with you by Facebook, Hangouts or other? Greetings! 😉

          • FS

            email me at dellz19@gmail.com and i will give u my facebook/instagram detail 😉

          • Andrew

            You have pictures?!!? Yea, I agree, the Mistra is a bit of a step back, more so in the side profile. Not too keen on a Kia esque interior. If there was one thing Hyundai has consistently done better than Kia, it’s interiors.

          • FS

            Sorry Andrew we were not allowed to take photograph. Interior wise the mistra is a let down because of the cheap wooden plastic material. You wont see that in the new LF

          • FS

            The new Sonata LF is indeed the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. it looks more bold and tough though.

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  • thekcb

    I see the Mistra pretty small than the Sonata LF and YF. If you see photos of the Mistra you see one step behing in quality, design, and interiors than in a Sonata or Optima. It’s a fact that the Mistra is for China.

    • FS

      I would say it is more boxy like the Camry / Accord / Optima. Though the LF that i saw was not the final product yet with no sideskirt, no fog lamp like in those spy photos but it was uncovered with no camou.

    • Andrew

      Hey KCB, check out this link. If you scroll down you will see production images of the Mistra sedan. Given what FS is saying, we’re basically looking at the new Sonata. I must say, the interior is a complete let down. Disappointed. As is the side profile, the rear to to chunky for the slimness of the front end. Very disproportionate.

      http://www.chinacarforums.com/forum/showthread.php?p=69601

      • thekcb

        I think that the interior will changes completely (you can see on the pictures above) and also de exterior will look closely to the Genesis Sedan renders, that’s Hyundia’s designers told. Anyway maybe FS referred to front grille lookings, headlights and taillights inspiration…but I’m sure that the Sonata LF will have a better interior and exterior than the Mistra, a China based Beijing-Hyundai car

  • thekcb

    I see the Mistra pretty small than the Sonata LF and YF. If you see photos of the Mistra you see one step behing in quality, design, and interiors than in a Sonata or Optima. It’s a fact that the Mistra is for China.

    • FS

      I would say it is more boxy like the Camry / Accord / Optima. Though the LF that i saw was not the final product yet with no sideskirt, no fog lamp like in those spy photos but it was uncovered with no camou.

    • Andrew

      Hey KCB, check out this link. If you scroll down you will see production images of the Mistra sedan. Given what FS is saying, we’re basically looking at the new Sonata. I must say, the interior is a complete let down. Disappointed. As is the side profile, the rear to to chunky for the slimness of the front end. Very disproportionate.

      http://www.chinacarforums.com/forum/showthread.php?p=69601

      • thekcb

        I think that the interior will changes completely (you can see on the pictures above) and also de exterior will look closely to the Genesis Sedan renders, that’s Hyundia’s designers told. Anyway maybe FS referred to front grille lookings, headlights and taillights inspiration…but I’m sure that the Sonata LF will have a better interior and exterior than the Mistra, a China based Beijing-Hyundai car

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  • sidekicker89

    It looks like they were testing the Sonata Hybrid too.. can’t wait! Maybe they will introduce a Plug In Hybrid!

  • sidekicker89

    It looks like they were testing the Sonata Hybrid too.. can’t wait! Maybe they will introduce a Plug In Hybrid!

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  • Andrew

    I wish there were some more revealing pictures. Getting tired of the camo. Give us some artist renders a la Genesis Hyundai.

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  • Andrew

    @FS, can you confirm if what you saw was similar the images that have just gone up?

    • FS

      Yes, but with a different wheel design. Those wheels are from the i40, i would say 80-90% similar

      • Andrew

        Wow, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed. Hope the interior impresses and the rear end isn’t as bloated and heavy looking as the Mistra. Looks like I may have consider picking up a 2013 before they run out.

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    me no like.

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