New Sonata variant debuts at Seoul Motor Show
Hyundai Motor took the wraps off the all-new Sonata 1.6 Turbo in Seoul Motor Show, which started its 10-day run with great fanfare at Kintex on March 29.
Korea’s leading automaker said that the Sonata 1.6 Turbo is equipped with a sporty 180 hp smart stream G1.6 T-GDi gasoline engine and can be specified with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new model also features various design enhancements, which is aimed at complementing the vehicle’s performance, it said.
“The exterior of the Sonata 1.6 Turbo is highlighted by Hyundai Motor’s first ‘Parametric Jewel’ grille, a wide design element that accentuates the vehicle’s bold image, which is flanked by air ducts beneath the headlights that channel air efficiently through the bumper and across the face of the wheel to reduce drag,” a Hyundai official said.
“At the rear, there is a unique wing-shaped rear spoiler that aids stability at higher speeds, an exclusive rear bumper, and twin-tip exhaust mufflers. The sporty silhouette and balanced proportion of the vehicle echo those of a four-door coupe.”
The Sonata variant is expected to hit the market later this year. Hyundai has mostly released 2.0-liter gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas versions of the Sonata, one of its most popular brands.
During Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai plans to operate its booth to showcase various vehicles and concepts at Sonata Village, N Village, and Nexo Village.
The company also plans to host test drives of the Nexo, Veloster N, and I 30 N Line. Customers who wish to test drive the vehicles can apply at the Hyundai Motor Exhibit at the Seoul show.
Hyundai Motor’s sister company of Kia Motors will also take part in the biennial event, one of the biggest trade shows of the world’s 10th-largest automotive market.
Hyundai and Kia are flagship affiliates of Hyundai Motor Group, Korea’s second-biggest conglomerate after Samsung Group.