The Hyundai Sonata was one car that packed in plenty of luxury at a killer price point. But in India, the Korean badge on the bonnet never really let it hit paydirt as Indian car buyers chose to overlook this car for other luxo-barges from the Japanese and European marques like Honda, Skoda and Toyota.
Never one to give up, Hyundai India wants to try the Sonata yet again at the Indian car market and hence, it’s planning to bring in the 2011 version sometime later this year. Of course, Hyundai being Hyundai will endow the Sonata with plenty of pizzaz for it to take on the European/Japanese competition. So, what does the 2011 Hyundai Sonata bring to the table?
For starters, you have a styling job that is a major departure from the existing Hyundai Sonata which downright looks staid compared to this new, refreshed version. With the new style job, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata looks much more curvier and a wee bit like the Toyota Camry.
Coming to the heart of the matter, the engine, you get a 2.4-litre, 198bhp four-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet. This, mated to a 6 speed slush box should endow the Sonata with brisk, if not blistering performance. Interiors too get a major redesign with the Honda Accord as the benchmark.
Hyundai India will bring in this D segment luxury car to Indian shores sometime later this year and as usual, expect it to be priced very competitively at a figure that will undercut the competition by quite a margin. As usual, you read this first, right here on Indiancarsbikes and meanwhile, here’s a nice little video review from Motortrend, just for you.