Hyundai Sonata Turbo and Hybrid for 2011
Seemingly on a roll, Korean carmaker Hyundai has debuted two new versions of the redesigned Sonata, one a turbo model and the other a hybrid, at the 2010 New York Auto Show.
A 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in now available for the 2011 Sonata, with premium features such as “GDI” direct injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger, previously only seen in German brands. While Hyundai has already declared that the Sonata will not be offered with a V6, the small turbo engine produces 274 hp at 6,000 rpm and 364 Nm of torque from only 1800 rpm all the way up to 4500 rpm without requiring “Super” RON98 petrol. Already more powerful than any Japanese competitor, the Sonata 2.0T will also deliver 8.4 litres/100 km, lower than most V6 engines. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic with paddle-shifters.
More unique is the Sonata Hybrid, with a completely unique front-end, clear tail lamps and a 169 hp 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine aided by a 30kW electric motor to deliver a total of 209 hp at 6,000 rpm and 264 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic. The fish-faced Sonata is apparently the lightest midsize hybrid sedan on the market, can cruise on only electric power at up to 100 kph, and consumes only 6.2 litres/100 km of petrol.
Both the Sonata Turbo and the Sonata Hybrid have again beaten everything else in its class in terms of tech, and when combined with build quality and lower prices than any of its competitors, it is hard to see Hyundai and sister-company Kia placing a step wrong anytime soon. However, the complexity of both these models may mean that they will never be offered in the UAE or any other GCC country.