Hyundai India is expected to launch the new Sonata in the first week of March 2012. The Accord rival is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 18 lakh – 20 lakh. Hyundai showcased the upcoming Sonata and Elantra at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.
The Sonata will be powered by the 2.4-litre GDI (Gasoline direct Injection) petrol motor with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-VTVT). The engine puts out 198 bhp (201 PS) of power and 250 Nm of torque. The engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Expect the mileage to be in the range of 10 – 14 kmpl. Here we take a brief look at the exterior and interiors of the upcoming Sonata:
Fluidic front: The Sonata is the biggest Hyundai sedan that wears the company’s fluidic design language. The chrome radiator grille and tear drop headlamps coupled with wide fog lamps give the front of the car solid character.
Smooth flowing side: The smooth flowing roofline ends at the rear as it would in a coupe. The high beltline and Hyundai’s signature chrome accents emphasizes the length of the car.
Sporty rear: The Sonata’s rear has well sculpted tail lamps that extend sideward. The chrome tipped dual exhaust and attractive curves at the rear gel well with the overall fluidic design.
Flow-through center console: Hyundai designers have taken the sophisticated design to the interiors as well. The flow-through center console looks upmarket and the ergonomically laid out switches add to the driver’s comfort.
Instrument Panel: The instrument panel of the Sonata looks sheek and elegant with its large dials and sporty blue back light.
Extra large space: The Sonata is more spacious than its direct competitors like the Toyota Camry. The boot space too, is larger in the Sonata than in the Camry.
Comfortable seats: The Sonata offers great comfort both at the front and rear. There is plenty of legroom available for both front and rear occupants.