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Hyundai has just announced the new 2011 Sonata 2.0T model will start at just $24,145, delivering V6 power and impressive 4-cylinder fuel economy thanks to a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
“When we first showed the Sonata Turbo earlier this year, we promised more horsepower than our V6 competitors, with great four-cylinder fuel economy, all for under $25,000,” said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. “With the introduction of the Sonata 2.0T, we’re delivering on all three of those commitments, with an MSRP of just $24,145 for an incredibly well-equipped Sonata 2.0T SE.
The SE trim includes 18-inch wheels, a “sport-tuned” suspension and steering, push button ignition with proximity entry, leather and cloth seats with a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lights, dual exhaust, stability control, dual climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors, heated mirrors, an Active ECO system, integrated Bluetooth, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and more.
Limited models add a sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats, an upgraded audio system and interior trim plus other items for $27,045.
Both models come with Hyundai’s first-ever direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine making 274-hp and 269 ft-lbs of torque, that gets 33-mph highway and 22-mpg in the city.
Check back soon for AutoGuide’s first drive of the all new Sonata 2.0T.
Official release after the jump:
Hyundai announced the 2011 Sonata 2.0T at a private press event on the eve of media day at the New York Auto Show and now we have the first live photos of the new turbo-charged direct-injected Sonata.
As we reported, the Sonata 2.0T boasts a class-leading 274 hp with fuel efficiency of 34 mpg on the highway and 22 in the city. Torque is an equally impressive 269 ft-lb. at just 4,500 rpm.
The Sonata 2.0T will be available before the holiday season but pricing has not yet been announced.
Gallery: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
When Hyundai debuted the new 2011 Sonata in 4-cylinder trim, the company announced that it would not introduce a V6 model. The Korean automaker was still planning to go head-to-head with its V6-powered competitors, however, and today we found out exactly what with.
Just unveiled at the New York Auto Show, the new 2011 Sonata 2.0T is the first Hyundai to get turbocharging and direct-injection. As the name suggests, the engine is a small 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and when combined with a twin-scroll turbocharger and Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology it makes a class-leading 274-hp and gets 34-mpg on the highway. City fuel economy is set at 22-mpg. As for the turbocharged engine’s torque number, it is equally impressive, rated at 269 ft-lbs from just 1800 rpm to 4500 rpm. Better yet, it does all this on regular fuel.
Helping to deliver both impressive fuel economy and performance is Hyundai’s new six-speed automatic transmission, with Hyundai’s Shiftronic manual shifting. Plus, all 2.0T models come with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Added advantages to this setup include a lighter overall chassis. Not only does the turbocharged 4-cylinder weigh less than a V6 engine, but because Hyundai never had to design the car’s frame to carry a heavier V6 motor, the basic platform weighs less. And a lighter overall curb weight results in improved fuel economy and acceleration, not to mention handling and braking. Hyundai lists the new Sonata 2.0T at 3,338 lbs, making it the lightest of its competitors. In fact, with a weight to power ratio of 12.2 lbs per hp, the Sonata 2.0T has a better setup than the new Camaro V6.
Pricing for the 2.0T model has yet to be released but we expect it to be competitive with, if not undercut, current V6 offerings from the main competitors.
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T vs. the Competition
GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
See more on the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T after the jump:
After having just debuted the all-new 2011 Sonata with an impressive new direct-injection 4-cylinder engine, Hyundai has announced it will offer a high-performance turbocharged model (as well as a hybrid) starting next year. The news of the hybrid model has been known for quite some time, but this is the first Hyundai has said about a turbocharged version, using the company’s 2.0-liter Theta engine and direct-injection technology
In fact, we’re quite surprised Hyundai is taking this step, as this new turbo motor is set to replace the V6 option it the company’s lineup. Hyundai has already admitted that in the past just 10 percent of consumers opted for the V6 and with a significantly more powerful 4-cylinder for 2011, a more powerful option seems almost trivial. Still, we’re certain this new motor will make its way into many other Hyundai products in the near future.
The new GDI engine, offered standard in the 2011 Sonata makes 198-hp (or 200-hp in the SE trim level with a dual-exhaust setup). Torque is rated at 186 ft-lbs. In total, that’s 25 more horsepower and 18 more ft-lbs of torque than the old 4-cylinder. The car’s fuel-economy rating is set at 23/35 mpg (city/highway), which Hyundai says will make it the most fuel-efficient (non-hybrid) mid-size sedan on the marker.
As for the Hybrid Blue Drive model, it will use the new 2.4-liter GDI Theta II engine and a lithium polymer battery pack.
Hyundai will provide more details on both the Sonata Hybrid and turbo models at the New York Auto Show in the Spring of next year.
GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Sonata
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