It does look very close to the Taurus. I can see the reigning in of the design like Hyundai said it was going to do. Apparently the Koreans desire a more conservative look for the Sonata. So that is what Hyundai is going to give them, even if it makes it a bit less appealing to the Americans.
The rims are quite similar. I think Hyundai is trying to make sure that the Sonata is mass marketable. It doesn't want it to look too cool or anything. Like the Toyota Corolla, the point is to look nice and modern but don't push boundaries too much. This vehicle is meant to be sold to as many different people as possible worldwide. I think I might prefer the old design to this new one.
You can tell in the spy shot that the headlights are changing to something that is more similar to the rendering. A bit more square at the corner instead of being more severe and pointy. Can't tell too much else from the spy shot.
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