Friday, 28 November 2014

New Hyundai Sonata – 2.0 Elegance RM140k, 2.0 Executive Plus RM154k, 2.0 Sport RM150k?

The seventh-gen Hyundai Sonata LF has appeared on, signalling that a local launch is imminent. The D-segment sedan was officially teased by Hyundai Malaysia on Facebook last week, and was spotted peeking under the covers at a roadshow held recently in KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru.

The ad mentions an estimated price of RM150k for the high-spec 2.0 litre variant (current Sonata 2.0 Sport costs RM148k). The car pictured in the ad appears to have the same projector headlamps, 14-spoke alloys and bumper-mounted LED DRLs as the one we saw in JB.

Additionally, two separate ads have surfaced. One pegs the entry-level 2.0 Elegance with an estimated price of RM140k (current 2.0 Elegance costs RM134k), while another estimates the mid-spec 2.0 Executive Plus at RM154k (current 2.0 Executive Plus costs RM146k).

The new LF is 35 mm longer, 30 mm wider and sits on a wheelbase that’s 10 mm longer (now 2,805 mm) than the outgoing YF Sonata, so you can expect a roomier cabin. You can also expect a more upmarket interior with more soft-touch surfaces.

Engines available in other markets include a 165 hp/201 Nm 2.0 litre GDI, a 177 hp/265 Nm 1.6 litre GDI Turbo, a 185 hp/241 Nm 2.4 litre GDI and a 245 hp/352 Nm 2.0 litre GDI Turbo.

They’re all connected to a six-speed auto, except for the 1.6 litre GDI Turbo, which is mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox in the US-market Sonata Eco.

Which begs the golden question – will our Sonata get GDI engines like our i40 Sedan and Tourer, or will the non-GDI 2.0 and 2.4 litre motors be carried over? Not long to find out now!

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