Hyundai recently confirmed plans to introduce the next-generation Sonata in 2014 and new details are starting to emerge about the upcoming model.
Hyundai's U.S. CEO, John Krafcik, told Wards Auto the redesigned sedan will have evolutionary styling that mimics the current model. As Krafcik explained, “I think we found a design language that works, the ‘fluidic sculpture’ stuff, so I would say [the new styling] is not pulling back in any way." Krafcik went on to say that consumers will look at the model and say "Oh yeah, that’s a Sonata. I get it. That’s cool."
The executive also hinted we can expect additional refinements to the company's hybrid system in order to meet stringent fuel economy and emission standards. He declined to go into specifics, but the 2013 Sonata Hybrid was just outfitted with a revised engine, an improved battery and an enhanced regenerative braking system.