New York motor show. The car features Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, last seen on the new Genesis in Detroit. Hyundai says the language has three main themes: fluid aesthetics, modern looks and a premium ambiance.
The Sonata is the American version of Britain’s i40.
This is the seventh generation of the mid-size saloon and will be built
at the company’s production facility in the state of Alabama in the US.
It goes on sale in America this summer.
Its new design
contributes to an impressive drag coefficient of 0.27. That’s the lowest
of any non-hybrid in the mid-size class, according to Hyundai. The company quotes an improvement of 41 per cent in torsional rigidity, helped by the use of high-strength steel.
the level of interior space classifies the Sonata as a ‘large car’ by
the EPA, the US agency in charge of fuel economy and emissions. The
passenger volume inside the Hyundai is larger than its key competition
from Japan, America, and Germany.
Hyundai has fitted a range of
safety and technology features to the large interior. Radar cruise
control, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert are all
available. DAB radio, Bluetooth, and full iPod integration are standard.
Navigation and a 400-watt Infinity premium audio system are optional.
If you specify satellite navigation, Apple’s “Eyes Free” Siri
integration is also fitted. For even further iPhone integration, Apple’s
CarPlay will be made available later in the year.
for the choice of two petrol engines, both hitched to a standard
six-speed automatic. The naturally aspirated 2.4-litre in-line
four-cylinder develops 185bhp. Also available is a turbocharged,
2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. The boosted setup puts out 245bhp and
265lb ft of torque.
Both engines are retuned versions of the outgoing
engines. Both are tweaked for better drivability at lower RPMs but, as a
result, they do lose a small amount of peak power. We also expect to
see a hybrid Sonata in the near future.
Like Hyundai models in
the UK, the Sonata is offered with an industry-leading warranty in the
USA (including a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty).
Thanks to: Autocar