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Hyundai previews next-gen Sonata

The company apparently hopes the bold redesign will reinvigorate sales.

Hyundai has revealed the first images of its next-generation Sonata.

The 2020 model year features a bold new design language following the company's Sensuous Sportiness mantra, joining the ranks of sedans that aim for a "four-door coupe" look.

"A short overhang, sloping roofline and low deck lid create a balanced feel, and Hyundai's signature chrome accent now goes all the way into the hood, making it look even longer," says Hyundai design VP Sang Yup Lee. "It also has LED lighting built in. These cues bring the Sensuous Sportiness design to life."

Further reinforcing the sporty look, the eight-generation model is 30mm lower and 25mm wider. Its wheelbase has been stretched by 35mm, while the total length has increased by 45mm.

Inside, designers attempted to avoid the distraction of large screens and instead 'threaded' dual displays together with no parting lines. Other changes include a new steering wheel with satin chrome accents and a shift-by-wire system that frees up stowage space.

Additional details will presumably be disclosed closer to launch.

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