• What is it?: The next generation of Hyundai's mid-size family sedan
• The basics: Exceptional styling, and a hybrid version in the works
• On sale: Summer 2010, with a public showing at the Detroit Auto Show
• Price: $20,000 (est.)
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is months away from a U.S. debut at the 2010 Detroit auto show, but these fuzzy photos leaked from a Korean commercial shoot accurately depict the styling
and visual details of the new sedan.
The next-generation Sonata's been designed and developed in Hyundai's Orange County, California offices, and shows a design flair that's been absent from the model's repertoire.
Built in Alabama, the new 2011 Sonata will make its world debut in January at the 2010 Detroit auto show. A hybrid version will be shown later next year, and both cars will be on sale during 2010, with the gas-only Sonata arriving in
The current Sonata returns for a short 2010 model-year run before the South Korean automaker switches over to assembly of the new version, which will also be built at the Montgomery-area plant that also builds its Santa Fe crossover.
The hybrid edition will be Hyundai's first U.S.-market, gas-electric effort--and will use lithium-ion batteries to augment its electric motors and gas engine.