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We have seen a lot of spy pictures and information about next-gen 2020 Hyundai Sonata, the 8th gen, and even the confirmation for NY AutoShow launch, but today we have a new set of completely undisguised pictures from the front & rear end, taken also at the plant.

The new Sonata seems to be nicer & sportier than its predecessor and looks like it follow many design cues from the Le Fil Rouge, a concept car model showed by Hyundai at Geneva Motor Show, and which has received good receivement.

On a recent interview with Hyundai’s Head of Global Design center, SangYup Lee said “The new Sonata is quite challenging for us obviously just because we all know that market is shrinking and taken over by SUVs,”

“It’s almost like a four-door coupe style without compromising the usability inside,” Lee added. “We will make big statements this year.”

If you take a look to the pictures you will see that the new Sonata follows what Mr. Lee said, with a big front grille,headlight-mounted LED daytime running lights while the car captured were wearing the final design rear taillights, with boomerang-type design and with a stripe that connect them. Inside we found the same “Shift by wire” gear controls premiered on the Palisade.

What we know so far?

A month ago, we announced that Hyundai executives have been green-lighted the Sonata N, according to AutoPost, and it’s currently under development. Despite that, this Sonata is not the Sonata N.

What we can expect in terms of engines on the Sonata N? Report assumes that will use the 2.0 Turbo GDi with a final output between 250 & 275 hp, but at the same time they talk about a rumour that says the chosen one will be the new Theta-3 2.5-liter Turbo GDi, over 280 hp. New Sonata DN8 production will start on the 15th of March 2019, so we expect to see it at NY Auto Show on April.

Regular powertrain will be based on the new NA 2.5-liter GDi, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants to come alongside the regular model while the latest generation of Sonata models received the Hybrid variant a few months later the launch of NA models, with the new generation this won’t happened. Hyundai planned to have ready the full line-up at the time of launch, that’s why they’re already testing both versions.


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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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