Hyundai Unveils All-New Sonata

3 Dec 2009 | 2,451 views | No Comment
2011-Hundai-Sonata1 2011-Hundai-Sonata2 Hyundai has introduced its stylish, sixth generation Sonata sedan, scheduled to go into production later this month at the company’s U.S. plant in Alabama. The car is part of a seven model volley of  new models planned for the next 24 months.  It was preceded by an all-new Tucson, a competitor in the popular small SUV/crossover segment of the market. Clearly, the biggest change is the styling itself.  While the previous model strongly resembled the last generation Honda Accord, this one has a flowing look all of its own called Fluidic Sculpture. The overall effect clearly separates the car from its competitors in the hotly contested mid-sized family car segment, not an easy task considering the similarity of designs in that market niche. According to a Hyundai press release, “ Fluidic Sculpture is a consistent, cohesive design language that will ripple through the entire Hyundai showroom. In developing the initial Sonata sketches, Hyundai designers considered the interplay of natural, fluid elements with more rigid surfaces and structures to create the illusion of constant motion. Inspired by nature, Fluidic Sculpture injects sophistication and dynamic angles into the shape of a vehicle and now serves as the core of Hyundai’s future design identity.” The release adds, “The exterior of the all-new Sonata is long, light and low. The high beltline allows for a long, sleek roofline accented by the third window. A monoform side profile includes flowing lines highlighted by a Hyundai signature chrome accent that spans the length of the car. Normally, this type of trim is only found around the windows. On the new Sonata, this trim extends out from the headlamps, juts up along the hood and through the beltline. The face is bold with a large powerful chrome grille and headlamps that integrate precise details. The stance is completed by 16-, 17- or 18-inch multi-spoke wheels.” Inside, the release said, “The sophisticated look continues inside where Hyundai has created an upscale ambiance thanks to a flow-through center console and instrument panel. These flowing surfaces complement the exterior design and wrap around the driver and passengers. “ Another interesting point is that Hyundai is going with all four cylinder engines this time around. The powerplant  lineup includes a new “Theta II” 2.4 liter gasoline direct injection engine backed by a six speed automatic transmission, which provides 23/35 miles per gallon on the highway.  There also is a 2.0 liter turbocharged version of the engine, and Hyundai is expected to unveil a “Hybrid Blue Drive” model by the end of 2010. Plenty of technology also will be part of the new car. Buyers can look for XM satellite radio, real time XM NavTraffic, XM Data Services, HD Radio Technology, Bluetooth, touch screen navigation and iPod/USB inputs.

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