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Hyundai Sonata DN8 spied (2)

A few months ago we have published a photoset of pictures of a weird Kia Optima that has suffered a cosmetic surgery maybe made by Dr. Frankestein. That car was just a test mule of the Next Generation Hyundai Sonata, codenamed as DN8.

Thanks to our friend SHM’s Studio we have accessed to the pictures of a mysterious Kia Optima Hybrid, where taking a closer look you will find something strange on its body panels. The car looked like have been refurbished, but we have discovered this body hides the next-generation hybrid Hyundai Sonata, and now we have the first officials pictures while were transporting on a Hyundai Glovis truck.

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 looking at the pictures we can find a sleeker sedan probably influenced by the design cues of the “Le Fil Rouge” concept car recently launched at Geneva.

Hyundai Sonata DN8 spied (4)

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.

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Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Kia & Hyundai. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

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