Car and Driver just published an article on the 2020 Sonata, which includes the first images of the US model. It appears the 1.6T and 2.0L Limited Trim will have a different fascia, compared to the entry level model that will wear the chromed fascia we've already seen.
Current: 2019 BMW X3
Past: 2015 Lexus CT200h, 2008 Mazda MX-5, 2006 Opel Vectra, 1999 Renault Safrane, 1998 Golf Mk IV, 1985 Golf Mk II
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As for the looks of the car, I like it. Given its lower height and seating position, I don't see this as going after the family market as sedans used to. Provided they can make the driving dynamics good, it really is a viable competitor to the Arteon.
I find it quite striking and very well proportioned, and way more desirable than the Camry / Accord.
What would really make this interesting would be a 5-door/hb version like the Stinger. As a sedan with that short deck lid, it is likely going to have a small trunk opening.
Will be waiting to see what a more sport-oriented (N-Line?) version has to offer.
Finally, a Sonata that is not complete boredom.
Those tail lights are sooooooooo very close to the Civic's though. To the point where I'm shocked they didn't get sued yet. Do they really want this car to be associated so closely with a Civic?
Deep dive into design
MT: 2020 HYUNDAI SONATA FIRST LOOK: IS STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS ENOUGH?
Hyundai designers spent lots of time thinking about how the needs of design and safety can work together. Consider the Sonata's sleek front end, which is 1.4 inches lower than the previous generation. Nearly all modern cars have hoods that terminate in a bumper containing the grille, more often than not with an obvious/ugly shut line. What distinguishes the Sonata is how the steel (not composite) hood flows all the way to the front of the car ending in an edge above the grille. Lee is quick to mention that the only other car makers that currently do this are Aston Martin and Bentley, his previous employer.
Are we all looking at the same car? This is the only attractive angle of the car:
Looks overdone. I'll take the Camry SE or Accord Sport 10 out of 10 times. Is it interesting? Yes. But interesting doesn't always mean good. The sonata from 2 (?) generations ago is much better proportioned.
It's just poor.
The character line isn't great either, this part of the design doesn't really flow well or seem well thought out, like it was designed by a freshmen:
The transition into the taillight is particularly questionable.
Yes it's a nice touch, but i dont think the Hyundai implementation looks particularly premium. My favorite version of this is on the classic LS460.
Last edited by tejlab; 03-27-2019 at 09:17 PM.