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#1 of 5326 2010 Hyundai Sonata
Mar 15, 2009 (5:43 am)
The first images (in this case a "rendering") of the next-generation Hyundai Sonata are emerging. And it looks like it will be quite a departure from the current design, if the renderings are anything close to the real car. Here's a sneak peek:
The blog says "2010" Sonata, but I will be surprised if it's that early. I'd expect the car not before early 2010 as a 2011 model, since Hyundai just revamped the Sonata for the 2009 MY one year ago.
This will apparently be the car that is the basis for the Sonata Hybrid, reportedly the first production hybrid to use lithium polymer batteries.
I think this could be the first Sonata that is sold on looks alone. And if Hyundai gets the suspension right on this car.... watch out!
What do y'all think??
#2 of 5326 Re: 2010 Hyundai Sonata [backy]
Mar 15, 2009 (8:01 am)
backy, I think you're right in expecting that the next generaton will debut as a 2011.
Doesn't the Sonata model year, of late, usually change around the month of June? And, doesn't Hyundai usually test their new models in Korea before selling them in the USA?
#3 of 5326 Re: 2010 Hyundai Sonata [bhmr59]
Mar 15, 2009 (10:50 am)
Last year the 2009 was out in March--I remember seeing them at the Twin Cities Auto Show in early March 2008 and at dealers shortly after that. So I expect the 2010 to be unveiled any day now. I don't think this is it. The blog entry said "third quarter next year for South Korea." If true, then I wouldn't expect to see it here until late next year at the earliest. Hyundai could even hold it back until early 2011 as a 2012 model, like they did with the current Sonata--introduced in the ROK in the fall of 2004, and in the US in early 2005. No reason they could not go with the current design for a couple more years, with a few running improvements. Depends on how aggressive they want to be in grabbing more share in the mid-sized market. Late 2010 could be good timing as the auto industry might be coming out of its slump by then.
#4 of 5326 Re: 2010 Hyundai Sonata [backy]
Mar 15, 2009 (2:59 pm)
We should see the YF Sonata revealed sometimes this year. The home market would get first dip, of course.
It has been reported the hybrid model would look different from its gasoline counterpart (Genesis sedan and coupe comparo comes to mind), as well as retaining a different name, plus the usage of lithium polymer, all depatures from this class.
#5 of 5326 Re: 2010 Hyundai Sonata [joe97]
Mar 15, 2009 (3:22 pm)
I hope the Sonata hybrid is a sedan, not a coupe!
#6 of 5326 Re: 2010 Hyundai Sonata [backy]
Mar 15, 2009 (5:13 pm)
4 door coupe
#7 of 5326 Re: 2010 Hyundai Sonata [joe97]
Mar 15, 2009 (6:16 pm)
The new sedan already has coupe-like styling ala the CC, so I'd be curious to how the hybrid would be even more coupe-like (and how a different body could be justified business-wise given it would be pretty low volume).
#8 of 5326 Re: 2010 Hyundai Sonata [joe97]
Mar 16, 2009 (4:42 am)
Isn't a 4 door coupe....an oxymoron ??
#9 of 5326 Re: 2010 Hyundai Sonata [lightfootfl]
Mar 16, 2009 (8:29 am)
People in marketing can't spell "oxymoron", so they don't care there is no such thing as a 4-door coupe.
#10 of 5326 Re: 2010 Hyundai Sonata [backy]
Mar 16, 2009 (9:06 am)
I was kidding around
Someone from Hyundai did mention the hybrid model would look different. In terms of how different, I guess we'll find that out sooner than later...