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September 28, 2015: 4.7 lac Hyundai Sonata cars have been recalled in the U.S. The worst hit are the models with 2.0 and 2.4-litre petrol engine manufactured in 2011 and 2012. A manufacturing defect is discovered which can lead to complete failure of the engine and may result in a crash. Inspection will be done on all models which fall under the affected range of manufacturing and if the problem is not repairable, the entire assembly will be replaced. The company says that metal debris might not have been removed from the crankshaft which in turn can block oil flow to bearings of the connecting rod which may result in a total failure of the engine.
India's second largest automobile manufacture, Hyundai Motors have established itself as one of the most reputed and renowned automakers across the world. It has a lot of splendid vehicles in their fleet and all of them are doing an impressive business. The company has announced about the launch of its lavish sedan series, Hyundai Sonata in the country's car market. Recently it was launched in the Malaysian market in three trim levels. It is expected to come with the same variants and powertrain in our market. In the Indian car bazaar, it is expected to be launched sometime this year. This sedan will come with both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its 1.6-litre diesel power plant comes with a displacement capacity of 1582cc. It has the ability of producing a maximum power of 126.2bhp in combination with 259.8Nm of torque output, which is rather decent for our road and traffic conditions. On the other hand, its 2.4-litre direct injection based petrol engine can produce a maximum power of 185bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 240Nm. Both these engines are coupled with an efficient six speed automatic and manual transmission gear box, depending on the variants. It distributes the engine power to its front wheels. The braking mechanism of this vehicle is further augmented by ABS along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist function. At the same time, it also has a reliable suspension system, which is enhances by vehicle stability control. According to the news, this upcoming vehicle will be made of high strength steel that helps the car in achieving 41 percent more torsional rigidity and 35 percent extra bending strength, which is a big plus point.
Apart from these, the automaker has left no stone unturned when it is about the safety of its occupants and the vehicle as well. It is going to be offered with some crucial aspects that includes dual front air bags as well as side and curtain air bags. It is also expected to be fitted with ABS along with EBD and an advanced ESP for better braking and handling. Apart from these, it includes reverse parking sensor along with a rear view camera. On the other hand, the company has given this sedan an eye catching outer appearance and is equipped with a lot of striking aspects. To begin with the front fascia, it gets an alluring design with a chrome radiator grille, which is flanked by a neatly crafted headlight cluster. It is going to be incorporate with high intensity lamps with automatic head light control. Other styling aspects include the outside mirrors with electrically adjustment function, a curvy boot lid and body colored bumpers add to its attractive appearance. All such aspects makes it one of the most admired and highly acclaimed cars in the country.
Speculated to be out soon, this yet to be launched vehicle will come with a spacious internal cabin, which is designed in a dual tone color scheme. It is complimented by a lot of wood as well as chrome inserts and incorporated with several advanced features for making the journey joyful. The cabin is very spacious and can accommodate five people with ease. The boot compartment is big enough to store quite a number of things. While its large fuel tank has the capacity of holding around 52 litres of fuel in it, which is good enough for planning longer journeys. The seats are wide and well cushioned that offer maximum comfort to its passengers. It is bestowed with an advanced music system that is just perfect for keeping its passengers entertained throughout their journey. It has an air conditioning unit that is efficient and cools the entire cabin in no time. Apart from these, it includes several other comfort aspects that results in a pleasurable driving experience. The top end trim is expected to has 10 way adjustable driver's seat along with lumbar support, which makes it extremely comfortable. This vehicle will compete against the likes of upcoming Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Cruze, Renault Fluence and many other such vehicles in this segment. The company is going to offer this lustrous sedan with a standard warranty of two years or unlimited Kilometers. At the same time, the owners can also extend this period by one or two years at an additional cost paid to authorized dealers.
The company is going to give this yet to be launched vehicle an aerodynamic body structure. It will be fitted with a number of exciting features that which will certainly lure the buyers. Starting from the front fascia, it is designed with a bold radiator grille that is garnished in lots of chrome. The prominent insignia of the company is neatly engraved in the center of this hexagonal grille. It is surrounded by a well lit headlight cluster that comes in a swept back design. It is expected to be incorporated with high intensity headlamps that have escort function and provides a clear view to the driver in any weather condition. Additionally, the top end variant might have automatic headlight control that helps by automatically switching on the headlights as per the visibility conditions outside. The sleek bonnet looks quite attractive with a couple of visible character lines on it. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper that is fitted with a wide air intake section for cooling the powerful engine quickly. It is accompanied by a protective cladding for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. This air dam is flanked by a pair of round shaped fog lamps that have contemporary styling and it also has LED positioning lamp that adds to the visibility, especially in bad weather conditions. The front windscreen is made of solar glass and is equipped with a couple of wipers that have an intermittent action. It cleans the windscreen with utmost proficiency and gives a clear view during heavy rains. Its side profile is sleekly designed with body colored external rear view mirrors that are integrated with side turn blinkers. The door handles are treated with chrome that adds to the modishness of this vehicle. All its variants have precisely carved out wheel arches that are fitted with a striking set of 17-inch alloy wheels that further adds to its appearance. These rims are covered with tubeless radial tyres, which offers a superior grip on any road conditions. The A and B pillars are in black color, while chrome finished window sill gives the side profile an elegant look. At the same time, its rear end has an expressive boot lid, which is embossed with a thick chrome strip and variant badging. The radiant tail light cluster is bestowed with halogen based brake and reverse lights along with side turn indicator. The body colored bumper comes with a protective cladding and accompanied by a pair of exhaust pipes. The windshield has a defogger along with a wash and wipe function.
This sedan series is expected to come with a standard dimensions. It is likely to come with total length of about 4855mm along with an overall width of 1865mm, which also includes the external wing mirrors. The total height of this vehicle is approximately 1470mm is quite good, while the wheelbase of 2805mm is large and results in a lot of leg room to the passengers inside.
The car maker has given this model series a lavish internal section, which is designed in a two tone color scheme and has used fine quality leather to wrap its three spoke multi functional steering wheel as well as the gear shift knob. The cabin is packed with some remarkable interior aspects, which makes it exceptionally outstanding in its segment. The dashboard has a neat design and looks classy in a dual tone color scheme along with wood inserts. It is equipped with a central console, instrument cluster, glove box compartment and a steering wheel. Starting with the seating arrangement, it has wide and well cushioned seats that makes the driving experience very pleasant. The company has used premium leather upholstery for covering the seats in top end variant, while the remaining trims have fabric seat covers. The driver's seat is electrically adjustable in ten different ways and has lumbar support. It is expected to be bestowed with ventilated front seats that offer more comfort especially on long drives. This feature helps in circulating air throughout the seat and removes moisture besides minimizing the driving fatigue. The rear seats are comfortable and the AC vents further add to the comfort level of its occupants. Its advanced instrument panel has a couple of large dials for displaying various settings. It is equipped with a gear shift indicator, external temperature display, driver's seat belt warning lamp, fuel consumption display and a few other notifications for keeping the driver updated. This model series has rear seat center arm rest along with storage box, audio controls and a 12V power outlet that is useful for charging electronic devices. The front seats have back pockets where magazines or a few papers can be placed, while the rear doors come with bottle holders. Apart from these, it has a number of utility based aspects including sun glass holder, a large boot compartment with a rear parcel shelf, sun visors with vanity mirror and several other features.
The lavish internal cabin of this upcoming sedan series is bestowed with a number of refined aspects, which gives the occupants an enjoyable driving experience. It might come with an advanced 2-DIN music system that supports USB port, Aux-in interface, i-Pod socket, CD/MP3 player, radio tuner and Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. It also has six speakers for giving a premium sound experience. The presence of auto cruise control helps in maintaining the steady speed on the bigger roads as set by the driver. Its multifunctional steering wheel is mounted with audio, call and cruise control buttons that adds to the convenience. The windows and windscreens in the top end variant are made of solar glass, which keeps the passengers protected from UV rays. The front seats are ventilated and has a ten way adjustable driver's seat along with lumbar support that maximizes the comfort levels. One of the most important features is an efficient dual zone air conditioning system, which has fully automatic temperature control function and rear AC vents for cooling entire cabin in no time. It is also equipped with cluster ionizer for purifying the cabin air. Its power steering wheel has telescopic adjustment function, which makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. The outside rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable, retractable and has heating function also. In addition to these, it has a smart key along with a push button start that further adds to the convenience. It is expected to come with an advanced instrument cluster that has an ECO driving with manual transmission gear shift indicator and has organ type accelerator pedal. It has all four power windows with driver's side up, down and safety function. All these exciting comfort features are integrated in this wonderful sedan, which makes it a stunner.
The large wheelbase of this sedan determines a huge cabin space. It offers enough leg room along with head and shoulder space to all its occupants. It is expected to come with a boot space of 420 litres, which can be further increased by folding its rear seat. It also has a centrally mounted fuel tank that can hold up to 56 litres of petrol or diesel in it.
It is expected that company will pair both its engines with a six speed manual as well as automatic transmission gear box. The diesel motor is quite efficient, which has the capability to take this sedan from 0 to 100 Kmph in close to 15 seconds from a standstill. At the same time, it can achieve a top speed of close to 190 Kmph, which is quite impressive for this class. While, the petrol versions can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in approximately 12 seconds from a standstill. It has the capacity of attaining a top speed of about 195 Kmph, which is rather thrilling for the passengers sitting inside the cabin.
As per the news, this model series is slated to come with both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to select from. The petrol variants are equipped with a 2.4-litre engine, which is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves using a DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) valve configuration. This dual VTVT (variable timing valve train) petrol mill has the ability to churn out a maximum power of 185bhp along with a peak torque output of 240Nm. It is incorporated with a MPFI (multi point fuel injection) supply system, which helps in delivering a decent fuel economy under standard traffic conditions. This motor is coupled with a six speed manual as well as automatic transmission gear box, depending on the variants. On the other hand, the diesel variants are powered by a 1.6-litre motor that has the ability to displace 1582cc. it comprises of four cylinders and sixteen valves using the same valve configuration, which is available in petrol engine. This power plant has the ability of generating a maximum power of 126.2bhp at 4000rpm in combination with 259.9Nm of peak torque between 1900 to 2750rpm. This fuel efficient diesel engine has been coupled with the similar 6-speed manual and automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the sedan to deliver a power packed performance.
The engine of diesel variants are expected to incorporate with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which helps in delivering a decent mileage under standard road conditions. It gives a competitive mileage of about 22.7 Kmpl on the highways. While within the city traffic it gives about 18 Kmpl. At the same time, its automatic diesel variant can return around 19.5 and 15 Kmpl on the bigger roads and city conditions respectively. On the other hand, its petrol mill is integrated with a multi point fuel injection supply system, which makes it capable of returning a healthy mileage of 16.3 Kmpl on the expressways. Whereas, in the city traffic conditions, it can generates close to 14.5 Kmpl, which is reasonably good.
The maximum power produced by its petrol motor is 185bhp along with a peak torque output of 240Nm. On the other hand, its 1.6-litre diesel mill has the ability to produce a peak power of 126.3bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a maximum torque output of 259.9Nm in the range of 1900 to 2750rpm.
The manufacturer has taken good care of in-cabin entertainment for this yet to be launched sedan. It has been equipped with an advanced 2-DIN music system, which is integrated with a MP3/CD player, radio with FM tuner, Bluetooth connectivity along with four speakers and two tweeters. It also supports a USB interface, Aux-in port and ani-Pod cable as well. The multifunctional steering wheel has been mounted with audio controls along with call receiving and disconnecting buttons. At the same time, the buyers can customize this vehicle with a lot of accessories like auxiliary cable, i-Pad holder, DVD entertainment, scuff plates, cargo liner, portable cooler, dash and floor mats. Apart from these, exteriors can decorated with headlight and bonnet protectors, splash guards, hood air deflector, fog light kit, door visors, rear spoiler, projector headlamps, front and rear mud flaps, body graphics and many other such aspects.
Like any other models from Hyundai's portfolio, the company is going to bless it with a reliable braking mechanism that keeps it well balanced on any road conditions. All wheels of this sedan have been fitted with conventional disc brakes, which help in keeping the vehicle well balanced. It is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It also has an electronic stability program, which adds to the advantage. On the other hand, its front axle is equipped with a McPherson strut along with coil spring, while the rear axle has been equipped with a coupled torsion beam axle type of mechanism. This suspension system is further assisted by gas filled shock absorbers that helps in giving a comfortable driving experience. The top end variant is expected to be equipped with an advanced vehicle stability management, which further enhances the stability of this sedan. It is blessed with a responsive steering wheel, which is tilt adjustable and makes handling convenient. This tilt adjustable steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters, which is rather good for this class.
This stylish sedan is integrated with a number of vital safety features for taking care of its passengers as well as the vehicle. The entry level and mid range variants have dual front airbags only, while top end trim gets side and curtain airbags for better protection in case of any crash. It has three point seat belts for all passengers wherein front seat gets height adjustable belt and it also has driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. It also has ISOFIX point. The rear end has a rear parking sensor along with a rear view camera for making the parking very simple. This sedan also has speed sensing power door locks along with impact sensing door unlock system. The long list of standard features include, anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, a high mounted third brake light, fog lamps, clutch lock and rear defogger with timer. Apart from these, the high end trim might get automatic headlight control, electrochromic inside rear view mirror, hill start assist control, vehicle stability management and electronic stability program. The advanced engine immobilizer prevents the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry.
The neatly carved wheel arches of this elegant sedan are anticipated to be fitted with a classy set of 17 inch alloy wheels, which enhances the look of its side profile. These rims are covered with 'Silica' tyres of size 205/155 R17. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is fitted inside the boot compartment with all the other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It will be a standard feature across all the variants.
1. Reliable engine performance with decent acceleration and pick up.
2. Arresting new look and improved dimensions for the exteriors adds to its advantage.
3. Advanced safety and comfort features add to its advantage.
4. Fuel economy of diesel engine is up to the mark.
5. After sales service network is rather satisfying.
1. Ground clearance needs to improve.
2. Expensive price range is a big minus point.
3. Slightly difficult to handle in heavy traffic conditions because of its size.
4. Fuel efficiency of its petrol engine is not up to the mark when compared to its competitors.
5. No ESP function and supervision cluster in base level variants.