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February 1, 2015 Comments (0) Motoring

New Sonata a stunner

A SHORT time ago Korean car maker Hyundai stepped up to the plate with a brand new and seriously ground breaking sedan known as the Genesis (and we’ll be bringing you the review of it shortly), but in the mean time, another model in their range has had a significant facelift.

Borrowing much of its style, sophistication and technology from the Genesis, the new Sonata has arrived in Australia, in its seventh incarnation, touted as the best-built, most technologically-advanced and driveable Sonata yet.

Together with its ultra-sophisticated Genesis stable mate, all-new Sonata already has claimed a prestigious GOOD DESIGN Award, the world’s premier award for innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product and graphic design.

Like Genesis, a product of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, the all-new Sonata’s flowing and stylish new lines contribute to its sports-car-like aerodynamics.

Inside, all-new Sonata offers large-car cabin and boot space together with benchmark new equipment levels and advanced intuitive features.

Available in three equipment levels – Active, Elite and Premium – the Sonata is powered by 138kW 2.4-litre naturally aspirated (Active) and 180kW 2.0-litre turbo (Elite and Premium) Theta II four-cylinder petrol GDi engines.

Both engines are matched to Hyundai’s advanced six-speed automatic with lock-up torque converter and sequential manual shift mode.

As part of Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s exhaustive localisation program, the new Sonata’s already impressive dynamics have been optimised for Australian driving conditions and Australian drivers by Hyundai’s acclaimed local suspension development team.

New front and heavily revised multi-link rear suspension, both augmented by locally re-specified damper, spring and sway bar combinations — integrate with dual-mode 32-bit motor driven power steering to deliver impressive stability and driveability.

Its stiffer, lighter body structure uses advanced high-strength steel for more than 50 percent of total platform construction, resulting in 41 percent stiffer torsional rigidity.

Passive and active safety features include six airbags and Hyundai’s comprehensive Vehicle Stability Management System across the three-tier range.

Prices start from $29,990 for the Active, up to $41,990 for the fully optioned Premium.

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