Hyundai teases more stylish 2017 Sonata

Believe it or not, the current seventh-generation Hyundai Sonata is nearly three years old and ripe for a facelift. The updated model is set to be unveiled next month in Korea but Hyundai has dropped a couple of teaser sketches of the car ahead of its debut.

As you can see, the new model looks significantly more stylish than the old model, with a more aggressive front fascia featuring revised headlights, the company’s latest Cascading Grille and larger side air inlets with what looks like vertical LED daytime running lights. The car’s bonnet also appears to gain a pair of strakes to create a power dome.

Around the back, the taillights have been completely redesigned, featuring Lamborghini-style arrow-shaped light guides while the number plate has been relocated to the bumper.

The Turbo variant ups the sporty styling with a mesh grille, bigger air intakes, a rear diffuser, quad-pipes and tinted taillights.

Under the bonnet, the facelifted Sonata is expected to get a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the Turbo model derived from the upcoming i30 N hot hatch that produces over 191kW. An eight-speed automatic transmission is set to replace the outgoing 6-speed automatic.

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