Earlier this week, Hyundai released official sketches of the upcoming Sonata facelift along with the current and previous generation Sonata. However, a photo of the supposed facelifted Sonata has now surfaced. The image, released by hyundai-blog.com matches that of the official sketches that the automaker has previewed.
As previously mentioned, the sketch and production model usually has some differences being that sketches allow the designer to make the car look more aggressive and have perfect proportions. Comparing the sketch to the leaked photo, the Sonata showcases its new face which now looks similar to that found on the i30.
The leaked image of the Sonata facelift shows the regular Sonata and not the more aggressive Sonata Turbo. The front end now has a full height version of Hyundai's cascading grill. Re-shaped headlights give the Sonata a more sleek look, along with a new bumper with larger side air-inlet that appears to feature LED day-time running lights. Two extra streaks are also seen on the center section of the hood.
Since there is no photo of the rear, the sketches provide us the big makeover in the Sonata's rear end. New tail lights now have “Aventador” style arrow lights. As for the number plate recess, it has been moved to the bumper, while the word “Sonata” now takes the place of the old plate recess. The Turbo variant, which is the more aggressive and sporty, gets a rear diffuser and quad exhaust.
Power-wise, an eight-speed automatic gearbox is expected to improve performance and efficiency. A new 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder engine will also be offered on the sport model, derived from the i30 N hatchback. It is said to produce over 260PS, slightly more than what the current engine produces.