LA Auto Show: 2011 Hyundai Sonata revealed for US market
After we Europeans got a glimpse at the upcoming 2011 Hyundai Sonata (or i40 as we’ll receive it), during the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, the South Korean carmaker revealed the US-spec version of its mid-size sedan.
Major selling points include more room inside, a bigger boot and better handling, thanks to a good power-to-weight ration and tighter turning diameter. It will feature the 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine as standard, delivering 198 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. Customers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission, which achieves 23 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway, or a six-speed automatic which gets 23 and 35. During next year the Sonata will also receive a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit as well as a 2.4-liter Hybrid Blue Drive version.
Customers with a taste for higher end things will also be happy to hear that a Sonata SE version will arrive after the official launch, which features sportier suspension with stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, as well as monotube rear shock absorbers and low profile 18-inch wheels.
Music fans will also get to choose from standard six-speaker audio systems to a Dimension premium one and a range-topping Infinity-made system will be available as an option. Look forward to the beginning of 2010, when this model will enter the market.
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