Hyundai Genesis, Sonata Getting Updates Next Year

Hyundai Genesis, Sonata Getting Updates Next Year

Now that the 2014 Hyundai Equus has been released with its updates, the Korean automaker will begin rolling out more changes to the rest of its model lineup.

This year, the Accent and the Elantra will see minor changes, with the Accent getting new wheels and updated headlights while the Elantra will be refreshed later this year. For Hyundai’s compact, a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine will be added to the lineup. As for major changes, don’t expect any for the Elantra until 2015 and 2016 for the Accent.

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That’s because the Genesis and Sonata will be getting major changes in the coming year. The second-generation Genesis will make its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will be a major overhaul for the automaker’s sedan. It will be Hyundai’s first vehicle to be offered with all-wheel drive, though its current engines will carry over into the 2015 model year. As for those anticipating the new Genesis coupe, it’s expected to arrive in the second half of 2015.

As for the Sonata, the seventh-generation of the sedan will go on sale in the third quarter of next year. Though the platform will carry over, it has been overhauled to improve ride quality, handling, and steering. In addition, its styling will reflect an evolution of the Korean automaker’s “fluidic sculpture” design language.

Hyundai is also considering adding a rear-wheel-drive sedan to its lineup in order to compete with the popular BMW 3 Series. That model could arrive as soon as 2016 and will be a rear-wheel-drive compact sedan with driving characteristics inspired by the Genesis coupe. Rumor has it that the HCD-14 concept previewed the upcoming, new sedan.

[Source: Automotive News]

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