Car bloggers are speculating that the new Hyundai released in Korea is a foreshadowing of the updated U.S. model assembled in Montgomery.
Torque News predicts that new U.S. design will be unveiled as early as next month's car show in New York:
"All trim levels of the Sonata will have a new centre stack with a redesigned steering wheel, amongst other upgrades. You get another USB charging port, wireless charging station and more additions to the on-screen user menu. Standard will be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The dashboard buttons have apparently been upgraded with the addition of the new steering wheel design."
AutoWeek reports the redesign is an effort to adjust to a serious drop in sales in Korea.
"Sonata sales were only down 6.5 percent in 2016 overall, but they dropped almost 40 percent in December. Those trends echo moves in the overall family-sedan market: Sales were down 2.1 percent in 2016 and are down 20 percent in the first two months of 2017."And Car Advice offered sketches of the new model earlier this month:
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