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by Karl Peskett

Hyundai’s replacement for the Sonata, the car previously codenamed YF, has been given a name and a date. In keeping with its “iXX” nomenclature, Hyundai is calling it the i45 and it’s set to arrive here in Australia in the second quarter of this year.

Using an all new 2.4-litre direct injection petrol engine which makes 150kW, the i45 comes with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Based on overseas reports, it also returns fuel consumption of just 6.8-litres/100km for highway and 10.6l/100km around town.

In the US, standard kit includes heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth, ESC, ABS, tyre-pressure monitoring and on all levels of trim, touchscreen satellite navigation.

Hyundai Australia hasn’t yet released final specification for Australia, but we’re hoping that the R-series diesel from the Santa Fe or even the ix35 finds its way under the bonnet.

“We are very excited to be launching the all-new i45 mid-sized sedan in Australia in the coming months, said Oliver Mann, Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s Marketing Director.

“Already breaking records in South Korea and receiving awards in the U.S., i45 is going to make a considerable impact in the competitive Australian mid-sized segment.”

More details as they come to light.




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