Rumored: New Design Language to Debut on 2015 Hyundai Sonata
Between now and 2015, Hyundai will introduce new "fluidic precision" styling, which will be toned down compared to the current "fluidic sculpture" design language, a report for Automotive News suggests.
By late next year, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan could see new styling as well as powertrain and suspension updates. The Genesis sedan will get its first major styling update with new sheet metal and a more refined interior. While the current platform will carry over, the Korean automaker will benchmark the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 to improve ride and handling. Available all-wheel drive will be the only powertrain change. The updates could arrive for 2015.
The Hyundai Equus will get an exterior update for 2014, which should arrive next summer, but don't expect to see a major overhaul until at least 2015. After a redesign and power increase for 2013, the Genesis Coupe is planned for another styling update for 2015. The big news, however, is Hyundai will reportedly benchmark the BMW 3 Series for a new model: a rear-drive sports sedan based on the Genesis Coupe platform that will arrive no earlier than 2015.
In 2015, the Sonata is expected to introduce "fluidic precision" with its redesigned sheet metal, but could receive a new front fascia and revamped interior a year earlier. Chassis and powertrains should carry over with small tweaks to improve fuel economy.
The Elantra sedan is due for a 2014 refresh that could arrive late next year, but the new-for-2013 Elantra Coupe and Elantra GT four-door hatchback won't see an update by then. A 2.0-liter direct-injected I-4 will join the current 1.8-liter unit as an option. The Elantra could see a major styling update for 2015.
No major updates are planned for the sub-compact Accent until model-year 2016, and the Azera full-size sedan likely won't see updates until 2015. Both models were new for 2012. Likewise, few changes are expected for the new-for-2012 Veloster, which received a turbo model earlier this year for 2013.
For 2013, the all-new Santa Fe grows to accommodate a third-row to replace the slow-selling Veracruz and the redesigned two-row version becomes the Santa Fe Sport, so don't expect any updates for at least a few years. The Tucson is expected to get a new grille and fascia next year for 2014.
Hyundai is working on a plug-in hybrid, which was originally believed to be a stand-alone model, but now could be based on an existing model. Few details are known about the model's specifications. Hyundai's plug-in hybrid is expected for 2015.
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