2011 Hyundai Sonata shines at LA Auto Show
Los Angeles Auto Show hosted the North American debut of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. For 2011, the all-new Sonata shines out with Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language and an all four-cylinder engine lineup. The vehicle's production will start later this month at Hyundai's U.S. plant in Alabama with market sales beginning in January.
The 2011 Sonata strikes with modern vision combined with luxury features and advanced four-cylinder engines. The exterior vision of the newly developed Sonata is long, light and low, which contributes for its aggressive stand and athletic look. A chrome grille, beautifully shaped headlamps with precise detailing and 16-, 17- or 18-inch multi-spoke wheels completes the sophisticated exterior design of the Hyundai's new addition.
2011 Hyundai Sonata is also offering an amazingly roomy interior with total volume of 120.2 cubic feet, which outmatch all of its key competitors. The newcomer will feature Hyundai's new Theta II GDI 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a Gasoline Direct-Injection (GDI) fuel delivery system, which contributes for better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. Sonata is the first midsize sedan to adopt GDI technology as standard equipment in a naturally aspirated powertain. Fitted with the Theta II GDI engine that produces 198 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and connected with the six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®, the new Sonata delivers an inpressive 23 mpg city/35 mpg highway estimated fuel economy rating. In the SE trim which includes a standard dual exhaust, the engine delivers 200 horsepower. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on both camshafts and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing. For the next year, Hyundai is preparing to add a 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine and a 2.4-liter Hybrid Blue Drive model featuring Hyundai's breakthrough lithium polymer battery pack.