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2011 Hyundai Sonata: First Look

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2011 Hyundai Sonata

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• What is it?: The next generation of Hyundai's mid-size family sedan
• The basics: Exceptional styling, and a hybrid version in the works
• On sale: Summer 2010, with a public showing at the Detroit Auto Show
• Price: $20,000 (est.)

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is making its world debut today at the 2009 Los Angeles autos how.

The sixth-generation of the popular nameplate has now made its debut in its home market of South Korea. The new car was designed and developed in Hyundai's Orange County, California offices, and shows a design flair that's been absent from the model's repertoire. It adopts a new "fluidic sculpture" design language and incorporates several features and technologies not normally found in this segment.

The 2011 model is slightly larger than the one it replaces, stretching 190-inches in length, 72-inches in width, 58-inches in height, and with a wheelbase of 110-inches.

In South Korea the car is being launched with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. However, in the U.S. the base engine will be a 2.4-liter Theta II GDI unit. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is planned, but there's no word on a V-6 version. All engines will be offered with a new six-speed automatic transmission for heightened performance.

Safety features include Vehicle Dynamic Control including Hill-start Assist Control and Brake Assist System functions. Optional goodies include a three-piece panoramic sunroof, a parking guide system, and an 8-inch interface and JBL Premium Sound system.

A hybrid version will be shown later next year, and both cars will be on sale during 2010, with the gas-only Sonata arriving in showrooms first. The hybrid edition will be Hyundai's first U.S.-market, gas-electric effort--and will use lithium-ion batteries to augment its electric motors and gas engine.

Stay tuned for more details as we approach the car’s U.S. launch in January next year--and stay tuned as we report from the L.A. Auto Show.

MORE: 2011 Hyundai Sonata full preview and photos

MORE: 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show

2011 Hyundai Sonata

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2011 Hyundai Sonata

2011 Hyundai Sonata

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Comments (8)
  1. Wow if this is the North American version Sonata, Toyota Camary, Honda Accord and Nissan Altama should be worried. This is a dramatic change of design for Hyundai.
     
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  2. Now, this is a beautiful cohesive design theme from front to back. It looks quite upscale in the pics. Honda and Toyota designers should learn something from this car design.
     
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  3. Hi,
    Marvelous design! I think Hyundai is designing a perfect gift to its well wishers for 2011. Thanks for those lovely photos.
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  4. You said V6 will be an option? I've read on several websites there will not be a V6 but a turbo 4 (GDI).
     
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  5. A very nice four door. I'll be keeping an eye on this baby.
     
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  6. Wow looks just like a Honda Accord, the form of flattery is to copy the best.
     
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  7. If we consider its price and specs, it's just awesome.
     
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  8. WOW, double WOW-WOW. This is one gorgeous car. My first new car was a 1990 Hyundai Excel, 4-door sedan, dark blue. Drove it for almost 10 years, then got a 1999 Hyundai Elantra; and then, in 2002, I retired, moved to Myrtle Beach SC, and treated myself to a 2002 Silver Sonata. You think that just maybr, maybe I like Hyundai cars?? True. Very true. Although not polite to say this, I'm drooling over the 2011 Sonata!!! I wholeheartedly suggest that everyone should buy a Hyundai in whatever model floats your boat.
     
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