More pictures leak onto the internet
3 September 2009

More pictures of the forthcoming Hyundai Sonata have leaked out, this time showing the interior and exterior of the car in the Korean factory where it is being built.

The pictures, which leaked onto Korean car forums, are believed to show the Asian and American version of the car - although the Europe-bound version is not expected to look dramatically different.

New Hyundai Sonata picture gallery

The new Sonata, which may be called the i40 in Europe, will go on sale in the UK in late 2010.

Company insiders have told Autocar that it will have sufficient 'wow factor' to sell on its looks as well as dynamic merits.

"We expect the car to be close to or class-leading in every department such as emissions, handling, ride and so on, but what really marks it out is that it will sell on its looks as well as all its other attributes," said a Hyundai insider.

"The design of this car is every bit as big a leap forward for the sector as the Accent to the i30 was for its sector."

European sales are expected to begin with an estate version, with saloon and hatch models following later in 2011.

The engine range is described by an insider as "exceptional" and will include the 'R' diesels recently announced for the ix35 and Santa Fe, plus a series of small petrol and diesel engines.

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1 September 2009

Wow it's ugly...

1 September 2009

Seems to borrow heavily from the VW Passat CC. This is not such a bad thing.

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

1 September 2009

[quote Topkat]

Wow it's ugly...

[/quote]

Amazingly, i have to agree with you.........not pretty.

1 September 2009

Mazda 6 front, Celica/Passat at the side. I think (hope) the styling might be diluted by the time it hits the roads.

1 September 2009

Interesting design...certainly better than I would have expected from any Korean firm. However, the Passat CC is evident at the back, and the speedo and rev counter look similar to Honda's. The front, to me at least, looks like a Humpback whale with its mouth open thanks to that ginormous grille...

[quote Autocar]We expect the car to be close to or class-leading in every department such as emissions, handling, ride and so on [/quote]

No, I don't think so...in price maybe, but I can't imagine that a Hyundai can be as good as or better than a Mondeo, Passat, Mazda 6 etc. Still, I'll wait for it to be driven by journalists at least.

All in all, a great effort but could have done a-bit better design wise.

 

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1 September 2009

[quote Topkat]Wow it's ugly...[/quote] SO are you ! lol

1 September 2009

"The design of this car is every bit as big a leap forward for the sector as the Accent to the i30 was for its sector."

So in that case a hideously outdated '70s hatch to a 308/Leon carbon copy. Similar to this in being a fusion of insignia/C6/Camry with strangely Merc C class detailing, especially the clam-shell bonnet. Strong C6 silouhette but combined with all the other parts, just doesn't work.

AND, did i spot paddles for the gearbox? Why on a car that will struggle to get round bends and probably have no guts from the engine.

Why can't the Koreans produce something original? Surely they have some cultural heritage they can draw on?

1 September 2009

It looks great. Let's face it's a lot better proportioned and better detailed than the Insignia, or the Mondeo, or the Accord, or the Mazda 6, or the Passat. The problem is going to be the price. Hyundai like to think the Sonata competes with five series BMWs and the like. It doesn't . It competes with Mondeos and it's too expensive. Cut the price so it undercuts the car's real rivals by at least 25%. Then it will sell well.

1 September 2009

Hyundai are desaratre to be taken seriously in europe, so i wouldnt bet against it being very good, and very well priced too. But the styling, whilst not awful doesnt really offer anything new, and i would bet mechanically it will be very 'middle of the road' too, with nothing to interest those of us who 'like cars'. But just like the smaller models have done well, i suspect this generation of sonata (whatever they call it) will do much better than the last. It does all seem to be car making by numbers without any passion, which can only be a bad thing.

1 September 2009

[quote madaxeman][quote Topkat]Wow it's ugly...[/quote] SO are you ! lol[/quote] Have u been checking me out? looool Sorry but I only like women... and I don't have a problem getting them ;-)

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