Believe it or not, what you’re looking at here is the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata, which will take over from the seventh-generation LF model. Following Hyundai’s theme of ‘Sensuous Sportiness’, the Sonata takes inspiration from the equally striking Le Fil Rouge concept that debuted at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Dimension-wise, the new Sonata is now longer at 4,900 mm (+45 mm), wider at 1,890 mm (+25 mm) and has an enlarged wheelbase of 2,840 mm (+35 mm). The sleeker look sees a compromise to its height, which now measures 1,445 mm (-30 mm).

Rather than continuing with a three-box approach, the new Sonata now adopts a four-door coupe look that reminds us of the Volkswagen Arteon and Audi A7 Sportback. At the front, there’s a seven-point Digital Pulse Cascading Grille that blends seamlessly with the sculpted bonnet. Further down in the lower apron, a wide chrome trim gives the face a “smile” of sorts, culminating in corner inlets.

However, it is the headlamps that are the most distinctive items on the Sonata, with a unique cluster design that features four individual lighting elements within. The LED daytime running lights, which Hyundai refers to as Hidden Lighting Lamps, are influenced by the HDC-2 concept, appearing as chromic material before they are turned on. For greater dramatic effect, the DRLs lead into chrome strips that run alongside the bonnet (like on the current LF), meeting up with the loop of the chrome window surrounds.

Along the sides, two distinct character lines are seen between the lightly flared wheel arches, with the upper element ending at the taillights. The coupe-esque styling is also in full view from this angle, as is part of the liftback rear which features a small lipped section and wide taillights.

The rear end sees a long light strip linking the taillights clusters, which themselves sit outwards to create pointed humps that meet with the side character line. The tailgate itself appears to make cargo ingress and egress more convenient with a wide aperture, while the reverse lights and reflectors/fog lamps occupy individual areas, with the number plate in between.

The design overhaul extends to the interior too, with a new dashboard layout that is highlighted by a new primary touchscreen display for the infotainment system and a winged-shaped instrument binnacle with a digital display within – the latter said to be inspired by stealth aircraft. The carmaker adds that both displays are threaded together by a S curve to make it less distracting for drivers.

Hyundai says its designers aimed to create a “lightweight feeling” in the cabin, hence the compressed height of the air vents and the section they occupy. The conventional gear lever has also been replaced with buttons for the shift-by-wire transmission, with switchgear for the drive mode selector and driver assistance systems placed nearby.

For now, Hyundai has yet to released additional technical details about the new Sonata, especially the type of powertrains that will be made available. As far as first impressions go, what do you think of the new look for the Sonata?