Earlier this month, Hyundai revealed the next-generation Sonata featuring a new stylish body with design cues inspired by the Le Fil Rogue concept. At the time, the Korean automaker only previewed the vehicle's revised exterior and interior design but did not mention any details regarding powertrain and engine lineup. Now, at the Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai has revealed the sportier Sonata 1.6 Turbo and its tree-hugging counterpart, the Sonata Hybrid.
As the name implies, the sporty sedan uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four engine which produces 180 horsepower. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission but can also be spec’d with the optional eight-speed automatic. Choosing the latter will optimize the Sonata’s ‘smooth and efficient throttle response’.
Aside from the engine, the Sonata 1.6 Turbo also has visual changes over the standard unit. For starters, there’s a new front bumper with larger side air intakes. It also features a blacked-out mesh grill called Parametric Jewel. At the back, there is a twin exit exhaust, a revised rear bumper, and a ‘uniquely shaped’ spoiler which aids in high-speed stability. All the changes give the Sonata 1.6 Turbo a more aggressive look.
For now, full performance figures such as top speed and 0 to 100km/h have yet to be revealed. However, do expect them to be released in the future, possibly at the upcoming New York Auto Show this April.
Together with the Sonata 1.6 Turbo's debut is the Sonata Hybrid. Unfortunately, Hyundai did not release details regarding the hybrid-powered sedan’s powertrain except that it can do more than 20km/L. It will also be fitted with a solar panel roof which charges the battery and allows the car to run for 1,300km per year from just solar power.
From the photos though, the Sonata Hybrid appears to have cosmetic changes as well, for the front end at least. Compared to the standard Sonata, the grill is smaller, too. It also wears a different set of wheels compared to the standard Sonata and the Sonata 1.6 Turbo.
Both the Sonata 1.6 Turbo and the Sonata Hybrid are set to be fully launched later this year.