When we got our first in-person look at the 2011 Hyundai Sonata at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we were pretty impressed with what we saw. The Korean automaker delivered on expressive design for its all-important midsize offering while promising a potent 198 horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a class-leading 35 miles per gallon highway. But the promises didn't end there. Hyundai also mentioned that it would utilize a turbocharged and direct-injected four in place of a V6 offering, and a hybrid version of the Sonata that utilizes technologically advanced lithium polymer batteries. But we haven't heard much about the turbo or hybrid models post-LA, until now.
Product Planning head Scott Margason reportedly popped onto Hyundai's official twitter page to inform us that the 2011 Sonata Turbo and Hybrid would make their grand entrance at the 2010 New York Auto Show. With three distinct variants of the Sonata and a price of entry under $20,000, Hyundai could stand to gain quite a bit of street cred (and market share) in the hyper-competitive midsize segment. We can't wait for details on specs, but with the media days at the New York show scheduled to start March 31, we reckon we'll know soon enough.
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