• Dec 2nd 2009 at 2:52PM
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At the official introduction of the new Hyundai Sonata today at the LA Auto Show, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik confirmed some additional details that were not in the initial press release. When the 2011 Sonata goes on sale next month the only powertrain option will be the new 198 hp direct injected 2.4-liter four cylinder. Hyundai has opted to forgo a V6, making it unique in the mid-sized sedan segment. When we got a recent preview of the Sonata it certainly appeared that there was enough room in the engine compartment for a V6.

Some of that space will be occupied by new hardware, but it doesn't include more cylinders. Instead, Krafcik told the audience that a turbocharged version of the DI four-cylinder will join the lineup later this year. No information was given about power output but we would guess it will be in the 260-270 hp range, making it comparable to the V6s used in Camrys, Accords and Fusions. If it reaches that level, it would be well above the expected 230 hp output of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four that is coming from Ford later this year.

The other powertrain for the Sonata will be the company's first U.S.-market hybrid. The hybrid system was first shown a year ago here in LA. That system will also be based around the DI engine and will be the first production automotive application of a lithium polymer battery.

[Source: Hyundai]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm currently driving a Hyundai Coupe 2.0 (1999) with ~68000 miles on the clock. Up until last year had nothing going wrong with it other than general maintenance. Last year a few expensive items came up, exhaust manifold which unfortunately is where the cat is, so that was around £1000 :-( Also had the clutch go, which I think may be partly due to towing my other halves heavy car (Peugout) when that went totally kaput, and maybe I don't treat the clutch that well either! Nothing else went wrong since then except the passenger side electric window doesn't work anymore and the driver side window has become 'loose' which makes it a bit of a pain closing the door now as the window is 'frameless'. It's kind of falling to bits but not costing me an excessive amounts of money.

      Still, all in all for 10 year old technology from a company that many considered a joke I'm very happy, I expect the engine to keep going and hopefully it will be at least 90,000 miles before I scrap it. With any luck Hyundai will have a plug in hybrid out by 2012, if the price is right I could be well tempted!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look of this car is too american, the old one looked better. But it's only IMHO
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a Hyundai owner, I would like to see the above article - only replace "Sonata" with "Accent"

      That would be real exciting, a turbo and hybrid option for the Accent! You are doing great, Hyundai; don't follow others with a car that will get lost amongst the crowd - LEAD the crowd!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford's ecoboost is testing closer to 245 hp/255 tq based on rumors that have been floating around, and I doubt Hyundai's could be much higher than that unless they plan on violating emissions regs or consuming more gas - either way, there will be a trade-off.

      One of the troubles with lean-burn GTDI engines (and diesel for that matter) is NOx, especially during cold start, but even during normal operation. Ford's trying to get the burn as lean as possible while avoiding NOx problems. The result is that power will be down somewhat because the air/fuel mix will be slightly richer by pumping in less from the turbo. You could alternatively maintain power, but then your economy would drop.

      I suspect we will have a better picture when Ford's 2.0 Ecoboost actually debuts early next year, possibly at Detroit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fugly front end!
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