December 2, 2009

The 2011 Sonata: The New Standard for Midsize Sedans
Sonata Injects Emotion, Advanced Powertrains and Superior Quality into Bland Segment

Press Release

YF Hyundai Sonata
© Hyundai Motor

Los Angeles — Hyundai today introduced its all-new 2011 Sonata at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This marks the North American debut of the latest version of the popular midsize sedan, introducing Hyundai's “Fluidic Sculpture” design language and an all four-cylinder engine lineup to the U.S. market.

Sonata is the second vehicle in Hyundai's 24/7 version 2.0 product initiative (seven new models in the next 24 months) following on the heels of the all-new Tucson. Production of Sonata will begin later this month at Hyundai's U.S. plant in Alabama with retail sales beginning in January.

Highlights for 2011 Sonata

  • All-new sixth generation Sonata midsize sedan
  • Fluidic Sculpture design
  • All four-cylinder engine lineup
  • Launches with new Theta II 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine and in-house six-speed automatic transmission
    • Class leading fuel economy of 23 mpg city/35 mpg highway*
    • Class leading 198 horsepower standard* (200 horsepower on SE trim*)
  • 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine and Hybrid Blue Drive models to debut by 2010 year-end
  • Production begins at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in December with retail sales beginning in January
  • XM Satellite Radio™, real-time XM NavTraffic, XM Data Services, HD Radio Technology™, Bluetooth®, Touch-screen navigation and iPod®/USB inputs

The 2011 Sonata represents a modern approach to the traditional midsize sedan segment by using only advanced four-cylinder engines, emotional design and luxury features offered with Hyundai's strong value proposition. The 2011 Sonata poses some intriguing questions:

  • Why can't a smart, solid sedan also have modern, sleek, sophisticated style?
  • Why pay so much to get a taste of luxury?
  • Why can't an efficient four-cylinder engine give V6 power?
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4 Responses to “The 2011 Sonata: The New Standard for Midsize Sedans
Sonata Injects Emotion, Advanced Powertrains and Superior Quality into Bland Segment

  1. HyundaiSmoke says:

    You got it wrong. Sonata SE will be a 275 HP Turbo. That Will debut at an Auto Show this summer.

  2. Who got it wrong? This is a press release from Hyundai, and it says on the first page the 2.0 L turbo will debut before year end.

  3. HyundaiSmoke says:

    Sure its a press release Andrew,but there is a 2.4 Turbo too. I asked about it and 2.0 Most likely will be the cheaper Sonata Blue variant. They did that with Accent and Elantra before. Brought out the GLS and GS models first and then turned the lower trims of the GLS and GS (Accent hatch) in “Blue” Models. I can see them taking the $19,195 version and then doing a Sonata Blue on it, and then to get into a GLS they start it like at $21-$22K or something. Well see.

    Sonata is supposed to have a variant that exceeds the power of the ougoing 3.3 V6. The 2.0 T in the Genesis coupe produces 210 hp. Coupled with GDI it would get 230-240 HP. The V6 gets 249 HP.

  4. A 2.4 Turbo would be analogous to the version produced by Chrysler for the Caliber (285 hp), but that is an unusual choice. Most manufacturers prefer to make better use of a more robust, smaller-displacement engine. Like Hyundai, Mitsubishi turbocharges the 2.0 L version of the World Engine, but with more boost it produces up to 291 hp, and offers more torque than the 2.4 Turbo. The latest direct-injection version of GM’s classic 2.0 turbo is being sold with up to 296 hp, and the earlier port-injection version with up to 266 hp. In the past both Nissan and Toyota offered their own 86×86 mm turbo fours with over 250 hp. While there are regulatory and tax advantages to the 2.0 L engine, the superior robustness of the design is its main advantage for turbocharging. GM’s 2.0 L block has reportedly been reliably pushed to nearly 370 hp. With more experience Hyundai should be just as capable of pushing the 2.0 Turbo into the 280-300 hp range.

    Whether there is a 2.4 L Turbo or not, the Sonata SE still has just a 2.4 GDI engine with 200 hp.