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Looks very good. Finally Hyundai has made the best looking Sonata version.. Hope they bring this model ASAP and be the segment leader again... The fuel economy quoted is staggering for a car with such a powerful engine!!!!!!swiftvxi062009-09-23 06:56:26

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Looks fabulous and i think finally Hyundai will get accepted for their premium cars unlike in the present scenario and once they are being accepted in other developed nations, they will have to be accepted here as well. Hyundai is trying to change their image and in quite short period they will definately get succeed even in INDIA. Globally Hyundai is considered much better than Suzuki and so will be here. All their new models are being accepted in the west whether its i10 or i20 or i30.

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This is going to be the real Cam-Cord fighter (Camry & Accord). The existing Sonata (Embera & Tranform) itself was a big success for Hyundai in all the markets it was launched in and I reckon this new Sonata is going to go for a kill. Hope HMI brings this to India at the earliest !!!

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Hyundai launches first direct-inject four-cylinder engine, replaces V6 in new Sonata

by Sam Abuelsamid (RSS feed) on Nov 17th, 2009 at 9:58AM

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testing Hyundai's Theta II DGI engine - Click above for high-res image gallery

When the swoopy new 2011 Sonata goes into production at Hyundai's plant in Alabama early next year, it won't offer a V6 engine anymore, but it will get the company's first ever direct-injected engine. This week in South Korea, Hyundai took the wraps off its 2.4-liter Theta II GDI four-cylinder. Like similar engines from other automakers, Hyundai's engineers have taken advantage of the charge cooling effect of direct injection by boosting the compression ratio to 11.3:1. As a result the engine produces 198 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm in Korean spec.

The direct injection system is setup to use a two-pulse strategy similar to modern common rail diesels. The initial smaller pulse is ignited by the spark plug and then followed by a second larger pulse as the piston begins its downward stroke. GM uses a similar strategy for its 2.4-liter DI Ecotec because it helps warm the engine faster, heating the catalytic converter and reducing emissions. The GDI Theta II produces from 7-12 percent more torque across its rev range than the port-injected version of the same engine. Efficiency should also improve by about 10 percent although the final certification figures aren't complete yet. The Theta II also gets continuously variable valve timing on both camshafts to round out its high tech upgrades. In addition to the regular Sonata sedan, this engine will likely also be used for the new Sonata hybrid when it debuts late in 2010.



[source: Hyundai]

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It's real high tech but the compression ratio will have to be lowered for our fuel quality. By the time this make's it here petrol will be history and all vehicle's will be running on 'gasohol' to ease the burden on import bill. Will gasohol be able to fuel a high compression ratio engine, as this. 

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It's real high tech but the compression ratio will have to be lowered for our fuel quality. By the time this make's it here petrol will be history and all vehicle's will be running on 'gasohol' to ease the burden on import bill. Will gasohol be able to fuel a high compression ratio engine' date=' as this. [/quote']

@DD: If we consider legit only come April regular will be 91RON and premium 95RON across India (EIII/EIV).

Gasohol: Fine but only if we can get the b00ze (sorry alcohol) from non-food sources, like bagasse. At the moment the oil firms do not have enough alcohol even to meet the current needs. Upto E10 or even E15 no real changes are required. Corn prices in the US shot up - reason diversion to Ethanol for vehicles.

sgiitk2009-11-18 09:20:45

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As for the non-design aspects of the 2011 Sonata, the big news is under the hood. Gone is the 3.3-liter V6, or for that matter, any V6. Instead Hyundai is offering consumers a choice of three four-cylinder engines. The first is a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct-Injection (GDI) motor called the Theta II good for 198 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That much power from a 2.4-liter essentially puts the Sonata at the head of the four-cylinder class. But what about those pesky V6 cars? No problem, as Hyundai will launching a turbocharged version of the GDI Theta II. If direct-injection and turbocharging sounds a little EcoBoosty to you, well, it is. And that's a very, very good thing.

But what about hybrids? There will be a hybrid version of the Theta II. Hyundai's calling the technology Blue Drive,and it sounds pretty spiffy. Unlike other hybrids that use nickel hydride (or starting soon, lithium ion) batteries, the Hyundai system will use lithium polymer technology. According to Hyundai, lithium polymer leapfrogs lithium ion battery tech and within five years, the entire industry will switch to LP. Only Hyundai will be putting the tech on sale within the year. Big claims to be sure, but Hyundai's been defying conventions and expectations for quite a while now. Look for the Alabama-built Sonata to start at less than $20,000 and go on sale this January. Official press release after the jump, Jonny-on-the-spot photos below.

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The back of the car has almost coupe-sort of curves. I LIke!!

 

As far as Indian buyers go, for most of them, the engine can be a 2.4 or a 2.7 or a 2.989786. Its very trivial for the Indian buyers(except for the knit picking bunch like us at the forum) and what matters more than the engine is the cars looks and pricing and the image the car is able to potray.

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Well i love the design and interiors are also pretty neat. The car looks like it has come straight out of the concept and i like that unlike the A-star and Kizashi models which looks no-where near their concepts.

Now if Hyundai provides something like this in India at around 15-17lac, there will be many takers for sure, because in any bigger segment Hyundai needs to be different in design and features to get good sales in India and this is something different for this segment. Hyundai bring this to India before someone gets out with something like this.

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Hyundai's all-new 2011 Sonata goes on sale at dealers all over North America in the next few weeks and now it has an official price tag. The "fluidic design" challenger stakes a claim in the biggest segment in the U.S., starting at $19,195 (plus $720 for destination and delivery) for the GLS sedan with a six-speed manual transmission. That's $500 more than the base 2010 model, but $200 less than the current class champion, the Toyota Camry.

At launch all Sonatas are powered by Hyundai's new direct injected 2.4-liter inline-four, paired with either manual or automatic six-speed gearbox. The GLS and Limited are rated at 198 horsepower while the dual exhaust on the SE rounds it up to a nice round 200 hp. A maxed-out Limited with navigation will set you back $28,115, including D&D.

The Sonata Limited is the first entrant into the mid-size segment to get leather covered heated seats front and rear, and the manual transmission GLS also tops the segment in fuel economy for non-hybrids with a rating of 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. We'll have our first opportunity to drive the new Sonata next week and we'll finally find out if the dynamics live up to its new styling. Make the jump for the full breakdown.

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I know vinnet. The new Sonata YF/i40 is simply spectacular. However, if fully imported, it would cost over Rs 20 lakhs. So, if Hyundai assembled it in India and then sells it sround for Rs 15lakhs, they willd efinitely have a winner in their hands simply because the car is so spectacular that brand name simply doesnt matter

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