Hyundai India is surely getting aggressive in fast growing Indian car market. The car maker recently launched the new Sonata Fluidic and Elantra Fluidic to grab a bigger chunk of car sales and now, the car maker is offering a free Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone with the purchase of the new Sonata. However, we wonder if an upmarket smartphone would bring more buyers to Hyundai dealerships.
This is the third innings of Sonata brand name in India and the car retails for Rs 18,52,979 for the manual transmission and at Rs 20,61,272 for automatic, (prices are ex-showroom Delhi). The all new Sonata made its Indian debut at the Auto Expo in January this year.
Sonata has always been in limelight for its design. The fourth generation of Sonata,i.e., the first Sonata to be sold in India looked much like the Jaguar S type, albeit with a front fascia that looked borrowed from Mercs of that age. Indian loved it for the way it resembled the popular luxury sedans while rest of the world cried foul. Ultimately, Hyundai pulled it out of the market and the 5th generation of Sonata,again, the 2nd to be sold in India had no design cues borrowed from the predecessor. The then new generation of Sonata looked nothing like the aforementioned luxury cars and yet looked European enough in its design. To me and many, it sure had a hint of Audi in it but nothing big enough to make anyone say that the Koreans pilfered again. Now, the all new Sonata has Hyundai`s newly acquired design language-fluidic design. There is more than a hint of the first generation CLS in this car.The roof line flows in a graceful arc from the front to the rear. The chrome garnished front grille shots premium and the funky Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs) with integrated trafficators should be my favorite among the exterior design elements.When launched, the Sonata should look somewhat like an elder sibling of the Verna sedan that is on the roads here. Talking about the interiors, the dashboard centre console looks a lot like those seen on many Volvos, the similarity boiling down to similar button layout and air con controls. New Sonata has more than sufficient space to enable five full grown adults travel in comfort and has a boot capacity of 463 litres.
Features & Interiors
Some of the many features that the car has are HID xenon lamps, cruise control, six airbags, VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display), 10-way adjustable power seat with lumbar support and a 4-way power adjustable front co-driver seat.rear view camera, rain sensors for wipers, 2 DIN audio setup and smart key with push button start.
The all new Hyundai Sonata is based on an all new platform code named GDi.Engine on offer is going to be a new 4 cylinder, 2.4 litre, direct injection gasoline burner with segment best power output of 201PS@6300rpm and a maximum pulling power of 25.5kgm@4250rpm. This engine is mated to a six speed manual and automatic transmission. As of now, there are no diesel plans but expect Hyundai to come up with an oil burner to capitalize on the rapidly increasing demand for diesel engines.
Hyundai Sonata comes with 6 airbags, electronic stability program (ESP) with traction control system (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).