I’m sure you guys will think I have that “Double Vision” a song from 80’s Foreigner band or I’m just crazy, but no. The title of this article is related to next generation Hyundai Sonata and the picture above is from a dirty Kia K5, so what happened here?
Yeah, you’re right, this is a Test Mule. Thanks to our friend SHM’s Studio we have accessed to this pictures of a mysterious Kia Optima Hybrid, but if you take a closer look you will find something strange on its body panels. This car looks like have been refurbished, but we have discovered this body hides the next-generation hybrid Hyundai Sonata, codenamed as DN8.
The stripe on the hood confirmed that this car had a enlarged engine room and the fuel tank is on a new position which means this car is using a new and longer platform, with a wheelbase of 2,845mm (current Sonata LF wheelbase is 2,805mm).
The design of the new Sonata project DN8 is not confirmed, but will be a good idea if its based on the “Le Fil Rouge” concept car recently launched at Geneva.
Looks like Hyundai is focusing on Eco-cars, while the latest generations of Sonata models received the Hybrid variant a few months later the launch of NA models, with the new generation this won’t happened, and Hyundai plans to have ready the full line-up at the time of launch.
What we can expect in terms of engines and eco friendly? A refurbished Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid powertrains with a higher powered batteries (with an extended range), more efficient Atkinson cycle engines and even smoother transmissions.