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Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors has started teasing the seventh-generation Hyundai Sonata, which should indicate a launch sometime soon. This white Sonata is on display at the Hyundai roadshow taking place this weekend at KSL City Mall in Johor Bahru.

The Sonata is still covered up, with only parts of the grille, front bumper, alloy wheels and headlamp exposed. The headlamps are projector-units, and the 14-spoke alloy wheels look like they’re 17-inchers. The front bumper features daytime running lights, without foglamps. Compared to the design with foglamps, the new design makes the front end look slightly wider.

Of course, with no badging at the rear exposed, we can’t tell which LF variant this is. In worldwide markets, the Sonata is available with various different engine and gearbox combos.

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So far, there’s a 185 hp and 241 Nm 2.4 litre GDI, a 245 hp and 352 Nm 2.0 litre GDI Turbo, a 165 hp and 201 Nm 2.0 litre GDI and a 177 hp and 265 Nm 1.6 litre GDI Turbo. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, except the 1.6 litre GDI Turbo (used in the US market Sonata Eco), which uses a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.

Of course, Hyundai will also produce a new Sonata Hybrid for this generation. It will use the recently-announced new six-speed automatic transmission for hybrid electric vehicles, which integrates the electric motor into the construction.

We’re also expecting normally-aspirated 2.0 and 2.4 litre non-GDI engine options for poor fuel quality markets. Will we get the non-GDI engines like the outgoing Sonata, or will we get the GDI engines like the 2.0 litre unit found under the hood of the Hyundai i40 Sedan and Tourer being sold in Malaysia?

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The new Sonata is slightly larger than the outgoing YF Sonata – it’s 35 mm longer and 30 mm wider, and its wheelbase length is up by 10 mm (from 2,795 mm to 2,805 mm now), translating into increased interior space. There’s an option for up to seven airbags and lots of active safety equipment such as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Lane Departure Warning System.

We’ll bring more news on the car’s launch to you as we get them. Thanks to reader Lynn for the pix!