The manufacturer of the new 2010 Hyundai Sonata , which was released in Korea today, is justifiably enthusiastic about its new model. If you're in Europe , expect the Sonata to be named the i40. In the UK, the car will go on sale late next year. Sales in Europe will begin with the estate, followed by the saloon and hatch models in 2011.
Speaking at the launching ceremony for the car in Seoul , Euisun Chung, Hyundai's vice chairman, said that the Sonata is a huge leap forward in terms of styling and quality.
Chung went even so far as to say that it sets a new standard for world-class mid-size sedans with state-of-the-art technology, superior build quality and emotional design. The new Sonata is expected to raise Hyundai's brand values.
An insider had been reported to have said that the engine range is exceptional and will include the 'R' diesels announced for the ix35 and Santa Fe . It also includes a series of small petrol and diesel engines. At 4820mm long, 1835mm wide and 1470mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2795mm, the new Korean spec Sonata is a little longer, wider, and slightly lower than the outgoing car.
Occupants of the new 2010 Hyundai Sonata will surely enjoy the sense of freedom conveyed by the vehicle's three-piece panoramic sunroof. They also get to enjoy high-quality audio-- in three types of modes – courtesy of the Dimension premium sound system installed on the new 2010 Hyundai Sonata.
Taking care of advanced multimedia and IT functions is Hyundai's Mozen telematics service. The new 2010 Hyundai Sonata has the new Mozen Premium Wide Navigation system that provides faster communication service using a third-generation WCDMA wireless network. This Mozen Premium Wide Navigation system also comes with two-year free safety services like an SOS and anti-theft tracking service.
Moreover, the Mozen telematics system now comes with an 8-inch wide screen and JBL Premium Sound system. On the other hand, Hyundai is now offering a wireless vehicle monitoring service for customers of the new 2010 Hyundai Sonata through its Mozen Autocare service.
This service connects the Sonata's electronic control systems to a monitoring center that checks a number of components for errors. It then informs the driver of the results and analysis. If necessary, it would provide directions to nearby service centers, saving time and hassle.
Additionally, the new 2010 Hyundai Sonata comes with the Parking Guide System (PGS) that enables drivers to avoid obstacles while driving in reverse or during parallel parking. Hyundai is targeting to sell around 60,000 units of the new 2010 Sonata in South Korea this year.
Production of the Sonata outside South Korean will commence in early 2010 at its facilities in Alabama. On the other hand, production and sales of the new 2010 Hyundai Sonata will commence in China early 2011.
Starting January 2010, Hyundai would launch the gasoline version of the Sonata, powered by a 2.4 liter Theta II GDI engine. Hyundai plans to offer this engine as a standard offering in the United States. Starting 2011, Hyundai had been eyeing sales of around 450,000 Sonatas annually in all of its markets around the world.