Wild on style

Hyundai has launched its all-new sixth generation Sonata in Korea which is styled using the company’s new “fluidic sculpture” design language. This model is expected to be sold as the i40 in Europe and the company believes the new Sonata represents a huge leap forward in terms of styling and quality.

The new Korean spec Sonata is 4820mm long, 1835mm wide and 1470mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2795mm, making it a little longer and wider than the outgoing car, and slightly lower too.

The engine range is described by an insider as “exceptional” and will include the ‘R’ diesels recently announced for the ix35 and Santa Fe SUV models, plus a series of small petrol and diesel engines. Its 2-litre, 163bhp Theta II MPi petrol engine offers the highest fuel economy in its segment at 12.8kpl, which is more than 11 per cent higher than the current version. All engines are offered with a new six-speed automatic transmission.

To meet the most stringent automotive safety and crash requirements, the Sonata has six standard airbags.