• Sep 27, 2009
2010 Hyundai Sonata - Click above for high-res image gallery

Just a few days ago we saw the first images of the all-new Hyundai Sonata as it was introduced in South Korea. The Korean press release only mentioned two powertrain options, a 2.0-liter four cylinder and a 2.4-liter direct-injected four. No reference was made to a V6 such as the one offered in the current-generation Sonata. Ward's reports that they have been told even the North American-market Sonata will go four-cylinder only.

The current Sonata V6 only accounts for just 15 percent of total sales, and with the DI engine becoming standard in the new model, the larger engine likely be even less popular. We checked with Hyundai spokesman Dan Bedore, who responded "We have officially declined to comment further on that report." Bedore did tell us that further announcements would be coming at either the Los Angeles or Detroit Auto Show when the US model is revealed. The one thing we do know for sure is that a Sonata hybrid is coming later in 2010. Thanks for the tip, Derrick!


[Source:Ward's Auto World]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Enough is enough,Spammer. Get lost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      as long as it has the power of a V6 this won't be a problem
      • 5 Years Ago
      i think they're making good decisions lately, on styling, on marketing, in engineering. im' sure the DI fours will be plenty powerful and fun to drive, but will give much better mileage than the typical V6. i think Hyundai/Kia's styling just keeps getting better and more cohesive and more it's own. the fact ther powertrains are keeping up and excelling (no pun intended) bodes well for them too, imo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      (..because Audi A4 buyers ALSO pay $90 for a T-shirt that cost $3 to make (including the $2 shipping from Bangladesh) and make sure that the name of the brand is written 6 inches high on the front so you know how cool they are.)

      What does that have to do with anything if a luxury mark which has such higher expectations can do it why cant an everyday mark like hyundai?? 15% v6 sales shows its not that important to offer one
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not true.

        There's actually a very good reason why EVERYONE else in the segment offers a V6.

        The V6 option is a marketing tool...it'll be the one they advertize as having tons of horsepower, a great 0-60 time, etc. They'll want to advertize it that way to make it seem like people are buying something that's more interesting and sporty than a dull family sedan.

        Which would be a VERY good thing for Hyundai to do, since they're known for making dull, sedate cars.

        The V6 gets people into the showrooms and gives salespeople a tool to talk up their model vs. the competition. Then, when the customer discovers that the 4 drives well, costs less, and gets better fuel economy, they take the 4.

        If Hyundai doesn't offer one, you can bet that salespeople will talk that up as a tactic to keep people in their Toyota/Honda/Nissan/Ford/Chevy/Dodge/Subaru/Mazda showrooms.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know it's a take off of the Mercedes and Volkswagen but I like the Sonata's lines better. They seem to flow together much better. And along with the Hyundai's warranty and price it will be hard to beat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        People seem to forget that the CC is a total take of the CLS (w/ just the VW front fascia added to the design).

        The new Sonata, otoh, has a diff. treatment of the C-pillar than do the CLS and CC (which have a similar treatment) - being more like a more aggressive version of the A6 or Azera (btw, the Ford 500 totally copied the greehouse/C-pillar of the A6).

        In fact, the new Ian Callum XJ's greenhouse/C-pillar is more similar to the Sonata than is the Sonata to the CLS and CC.

        Funny how the same people who comment/rip on the Sonata haven't done so for the XJ (or ironically use the CC as a point of comparison, when the CC was a more blatant copy).
        • 5 Years Ago
        While it really takes some design clues from the CLS, you can't really compare the Sonata with it. The CLS is in a totally different league.
        But I agree with the others, offering a V6 in a sedan isn't that important
        but to be honest, I'll keep would keep my GTI over this car 8and all other sedans) everyday :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes sense, just have a V4, Turbo/Faster V4, and then a Hybrid

      That's waay more than the average family would ever need
        dmoneycivicsi
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ 216: when was the last time you saw a production V4?
        dmoneycivicsi
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha yeah exactly my point. It's been over 30 years since the Taunus V4 or the Essex V4.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You guys are forgetting Subaru's V4...

        A 180-degree V4 (HA!)
        • 5 Years Ago
        AFAIK there never was an Essex V4. The V4 in the Taunus was used as a base for the Cologne V6. The Essex V6 was developed from scratch. Was there ever a V4 derived from the heavy Essex engine?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford had some rather funny V4s...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ dmoneycivicsi, the 1980 Saar 96 V4 probably.
      • 5 Years Ago
      seriously: i am asian. i love what hyundai has been doing. my first glance when i first saw the new solara was "front reminds me of toyota solara". i have done the side-by-side, element-by-element comparison, and there is a similar theme (inverted trapezoid grill with headlamps leading edge parallel to the sides at similar ankle don't dislike it. just kind of disappointed. overall nice job. i don't know if it was an intentional copy job like many are accusing, but the truth is, to me they do seem similar to ME. that's all. my two cents. haven't posted in a while, but somehow feel compelled to do so on this one... prob won't be posting again till a few years.... :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        sorry typo: i mean "when i first saw the new sonata"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh oh, you see similarities to the Solara in the new Sonata.

        According to Rar, that means you are a blind racist!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better looking than the last Solara. No one seems to like that new grille, though.

      Oh, wait...

      Some cars don't require you look at the badge to tell what they are. That's my biggest problem with the Koreans. If you want to set a value price, that's fine. If you want to set your price on-par with your competitors, I think you need an identity of your own - something people are proud to be seen in. You know, something that goes beyond basic transportation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thar she blows!
      • 5 Years Ago
      A turbocharged I4 (derived from the one found in the Coupé) with 250hp and lots of torque makes more sense to me than a V6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyonda suddenly looks so yesterday!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd never buy a V6-powered car in this class anyway. The 190hp Accord 4 cylinder is a pretty sweet motor with the 5 speed. The current Sonata 4 banger isn't bad either. The stick has a B&M short shifter standard!
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