Spied – Hyundai CF sits between the Elantra and Sonata

Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 - 10:30am IST

Since the introduction of the Fluidic design language, Hyundai have witnessed the sales of their luxury offerings such as the Elantra and Sonata increase.

Hyundai CF grille

In fact, the Korean auto maker believes that there there is a potential for an all new car between the Elantra and Sonata for the Chinese market.

What you see here is an all new Hyundai that could bridge a gap between the two segments, caught on test in Beijing by Sohu car. If the report from China is to be believed, Hyundai have internally coded it as the CF. They expect the car to be powered by a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated petrol or a 1.6-liter turbo-petrol.

Hyundai CF rear fascia

Take a good look at the front grille of the car and you’ll notice a familiar Sonata-like layout. Not too long ago, we brought you a newspaper advertisement from Malaysia featuring a refreshed Sonata. We had noticed that Hyundai had abandoned the ‘waterfall’ like front grille for simple horizontal lines, similar to what you see here. This suggests that Hyundai seem to be very keen to promote the CF as an upmarket model.

In China, the top-end model of the Elantra costs about CNY 149,800 (INR 12.8 lakhs), while the cheapest Sonata comes in at CNY 166,900 (INR 14.3 lakhs). Hyundai believes that there could be takers for a car priced and specced between the two. In fact, come April and the new Hyundai could show its face at the Shanghai Auto Expo.

Hyundai CF China launch April 2013

Can we expect the CF to come to India? No. At least not for now. Given that the segment the Elantra plays in has been sort of a roller coaster in terms of sales (with the Elantra faring better than most competitors) there may not be space for a second product.

[Source – [Autohome.com.cn]

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8 thoughts on “Spied – Hyundai CF sits between the Elantra and Sonata

  1. Vejay says:

    i second rohan

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  2. Gordon Turner says:

    Hyundai ditch the fluidic for newmodels so break the mediocre design monotony…

    Put 2 heads in the design cubicle for better brainstorming…Coz two heads are better than one… 🙂

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  3. sandy says:

    Hyundai CF could be the long wheel base version of Elentra with Sonata like styling.

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  4. vishal says:

    I believe Hyundai lost the ball when it made the Elantra look too much like the cheaper Verna. This new car will have a unique challenge in that it needs to appear different compared to Elantra and Sonata while expressing a design lineage.
    The only reason why they would want to launch a car in the narrow gap between the Sonata and the Elantra is the poor numbers they are achieving with these two currently. But this move to create a new brand instead of replacing an existing product could prove to be a successful one in the long run. What I would really like to see from Hyundai is a replacement for the Accent that does not alters its price point. The challenge there could be that the Accent is a textbook design and hence has had a very long life cycle with minimal alterations – and the new fluidic design templates may struggle to stay true to this parameter.

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    1. abuna ventana says:

      slow response to Elantra is only in India. The car is a huge hit elsewhere..

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  5. rohan says:

    the top-end model of the Elantra costs about CNY 149,800 (INR 12.8 lakhs), while the cheapest Sonata comes in at CNY 166,900 (INR 14.3 lakhs).

    its the otherway i thnk???

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