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by Tim Beissmann

The first undisguised images the new-generation 2015 Hyundai Sonata have leaked online.

The images, published by South Korean website Bobaedream, claim to show an early production version of the all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata on the factory floor at a Hyundai plant.

The spied car almost mirrors the teaser sketch released by Hyundai last week, sharing its Genesis-inspired upright hexagonal grille, large swept headlights, clean side panels, coupe-style flowing roofline, and wraparound tail-lights.

The accuracy of last week’s exterior sketch suggests the interior teaser released earlier this week should also give an honest impression of the final production car’s cabin.

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Hyundai will officially unveil the new Sonata in South Korea later this month and will relaunch the medium sedan in the Australian market towards the end of the year.

The previous-generation Sonata was sold in Australia badged as the i45 but was pulled from the line-up in early 2013. The new model will partner with the European-designed i40 in a two-pronged mid-size offering, taking on the Toyota Camry and Mazda 6, among others. The Sonata will be larger than the i40 but is also tipped to be slightly cheaper, beating the latter’s $29,990 starting price.

A turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will headline the local powertrain line-up, while reports suggest the new model will also be fitted with a freshly developed seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Hyundai Australia has been testing and tuning the new Sonata in Sydney alongside the Genesis sedan. The larger luxury model will beat the mid-sizer to showrooms, destined to go on sale locally by the third quarter of the year.




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