Codenamed “YF,” this Sonata was penned at Hyundai’s design studio in Irvine, California.
The new Sonata will be available with a choice of three engines, depending on market, which are as follows:
- 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, petrol (123kW)
- 2.4-litre, four-cylinder, petrol (149kW)
- 3.5-litre, six-cylinder, petrol (186kW)
A diesel option, possibly that of Hyundai's 2.5-litre CRDi (125kW) unit, is also on the drawing board for European and Australian markets as is the future introduction of a hybrid model that will use cutting-edge lithium polymer batteries.
The conventionally powered Sonata is due to begin production mid next year with the hybrid model following in 2011.