Hyundai Sonata Getting an Aggressive Redesign and a Turbo Model


It appears the Hyundai Sonata is getting an aggressive facelift.

The Korean automaker posted two teaser images on its Facebook page in the form of sketches, giving us a hint about how the facelifted Sonata will look. Considering the new Sonata was introduced as a 2015 model, a refresh is likely around the corner. It appears Hyundai will make the popular sedan even sportier with the addition of a Turbo model, while the front and rear ends will get restyled to match.

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Up front, the new Sonata’s large hexagonal grille follows the design of other new Hyundai vehicles like the Accent and Elantra GT. Engine choices for the facelifted Sonata will likely include the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower, the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 245 hp and the 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 hp.

Look for the updated Hyundai Sonata to make its debut later this year.

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  • smartacusⓊ

    the BEST Sonata was the 2011-2013 2.0T with 274HP

    after 2014, they switched to a smaller turbo with only 245HP.

    *and Hyundai needs a 2-door Sonata

  • Isend2C

    This article makes it seem like a turbo model is a new thing…. it’s been around since 2011. I would think it would be a 2019 model year though, this one hasn’t even been refreshed yet.

  • bd

    This is supposedly for the refresh.

  • bd

    While down on power, there are several advantages going with a smaller turbo such as less turbo lag, better torque curve and likely better reliability.

  • riiiick

    I thought it was the same size turbo, just tuned down so it was slower than the 2013+ turbo genesis coupes.

  • riiiiick

    That Turbo Sport model front end looks like how the Genesis Coupe would have looked had it not moved upstream to the Genesis brand. They should actually make it a Sonata Coupe R-Spec and bump it up to the power of the 2013-2014 Genesis Coupe turbos… which I believe was 275HP/275TQ.

  • Man_of_La_Mancha

    The turbo model has been sharing the same look with the regular model so far. This rendering suggests that the new turbo model may have a look slightly different from the regular model’s. We will see.

  • Justin Kelly

    I thought 2011-2012 model had oil issues of some kind?

  • Justin Kelly

    I think it is just tuned differently

  • Justin Kelly

    I agree, makes it sound new.

  • Justin Kelly

    IMO this article is almost useless. Especially the part where they talk drive train… Dont even speculate. If they are going to do this major of a refresh/redesign then the power trains will change, even if only tuned differently they likely wont have the same power numbers. Most definitely not the Turbo model.

  • smartacusⓊ

    no, it’s a smaller turbo

  • smartacusⓊ

    i searched online and did find a comment on carcomplaints about an oil feeder leak

  • Sean Johnstone

    Cylinder 2 runs lean sometimes. Running ethanol based fuel contributes to carbon build up and engine sludge in GDI motors. Run a catch can and better fuel Shell 91.