The last revision to the Hyundai Sonata took place back in 2011 and to call its look "outdated" would be irresponsible. It still holds its own against any Japanese competitor and certainly outdoes the Toyota Camry and the Chevy Malibu , but it is not quite as classy as the 2014 Ford Fusion . And with Hyundai’s recent resurgence, the Korean automaker isn’t going to sit back and let anyone outdo it, so it has begun testing on the next generation of Sonata. We expect this revised model to arrive in time for the 2015 model year.
What’s more, our spy photographers managed to catch an updated Sonata testing near Nϋrburgring. So, they whipped out their cameras and started snapping all the shots we need to get an idea on what Hyundai will change in 2015.
The Sonata that our savvy camera carriers found in Germany features a greenhouse that is almost identical to the current model, but its front and rear fascias are definitely different. Even with the heavy camouflage on, it is evident that these areas will be the focal point in the Sonata’s upcoming revision.
In terms of power, we expect the Sonata to carry on with the 2.4- and 2.0—liter engines, with the latter making use of a turbocharger. The 2.4-liter should carry the same 200 horsepower (198 horsepower in the base setup) and the 2.0-liter will continue leading the pack with 274 horsepower, at least. Look for a new wrinkle in the Sonata lineup in the form of a 1.6-liter engine borrowed from the Veloster and tuned to deliver the same 200 ponies but with highway fuel economy in the 40 mpg range.
Updated 03/05/2014: Hyundai unveiled the first teaser image of the new Sonata before the car’s official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Sonata and to see an up-close look at the spy shots.