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Was reading the newspaper over the weekend when something jumped out – an ad of the Hyundai Sonata Facelift by Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors, which I’ve scanned for you here. It has been two and a half years since HSDM launched the YF Sonata in Malaysia, so this facelift comes at a good time.

It’s not a major revamp, but the facelifted Sonata has enough new bits to distinguish it from the original YF. There’s a new, simpler grille in front, with built-in LED positioning lamps and fog lamps for the 2.4L Executive model, which also gets HID headlamps. At the back, the refresh brings wrap-around LED rear lights in the form of a light bar, as opposed to a row of individual LEDs.

The LED repeaters on the wing mirrors are now slimmer and sleeker, and there are new design 17- and 18-inch wheels, the latter reserved for the 2.4L Exec. The bigger engined variant also gets six airbags, audio visual navigation and automatic dual-zone air con.

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No change under the hood of the 2.4L, but the 2.0 model gets an engine swap from Theta II to Nu. The Nu is a new engine family that debuted along with the current Hyundai Elantra MD, and this 2.0 Nu is a longer stroke version of the 1.8 litre Dual CVVT unit from the Elantra. It makes 166 PS and 201 Nm in MPI form.

The Sonata Facelift has also popped up on our auto classifieds site oto.my. Pics from the oto.my ad give us a better view of the new features, and we all agree that the new rear lights are much better looking.

The oto.my ad quotes RM145,888 for the 2.0 Executive variant, which is not too different from the pre-facelift sticker price. We shall wait for the official press release for full specs and pricing.