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It may be a whole half year away but already some details are emerging about the cars expected to debut at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. And the first vehicle is the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

Recently the Sonata was spied testing in Dubai and it gave us a pretty good indication of what the vehicle will look like. Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik has said that it is intended to be a bold design that will help set the car apart from its successful Japanese competitors from Honda and Toyota. In fact, the 2011 Sonata is supposed to have a trendy four-door coupe profile.

There is no word on engine choices, but it's not hard to guess that a four-cylinder engine will be standard with a V6 optional. High-technology items like direct-injection and a six-speed automatic transmission are also possibilities.

Additionally, Hyundai is expected to release a hybrid version of the 2011 Sonata, although that particular model is likely due out later.

More: Report: 2011 Hyundai Sonata to Debut at Detroit Auto Show on Autoguide.com
 

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I wonder if Hyundai got the 4-door coupe idea from Mercedes Benz's CLS?? Even if they did or didn't I think it worked well for Hyundai as not much auto makers go for the 4-door coupe look and just makes Hyundai stand out.
 
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