Preview: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Convertible

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

With Hyundai's entry into unexpected market segments in the past year with its Genesis Coupe and Equus, Hyundai is expected to expand its Sonata line. It's expected that the shapely sedan would give rise to a coupe and to a convertible as well. Sources say that Hyundai is currently developing the Sonata convertible.

This move would be well-timed especially since production for the Toyota Solara has stopped while Chrysler-Fiat is rumored to be thinking about ending the Sebring's run for good.

These renderings show that the droptop Sonata has a simple, cost-effective cloth top with a built-in, body-color tonneau cover.

Buyers can opt for a simple windblocker but to make this vehicle more affordable, it's unlikely that Hyundai will design its own AirScarf system.

Two engines are available: the 198hp, normally-aspirated, direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the 274hp, turbocharged, D.I. 2.0-liter four.

Since the take rate for manual transmissions is historically small on midsize convertibles, Hyundai is expected to offer the six-speed automatic transmission as standard.

For the remainder of 2010, Hyundai will be concentrating on launching the Sonata 2.0T and Sonata Hybrid so it's unlikely that the Sonata convertible will be produced in the near future. However, the Sonata coupe is expected to have its launching in the spring of 2012.[via insideline | photos: Theophilus Chin]

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