On December 29, the opening ceremony of Beijing Hyundai's 12 millionth and 11th generation Sonata was solemnly held at Beijing Modern Renhe Factory. It is understood that the eleventh generation Sonata will start pre-sale in January 2024 and go on sale in March 2024. As a replacement model, the appearance and interior of the new Sonata have undergone significant changes, and the regular version and N Line version are available for consumers to choose from.
In terms of appearance, the eleventh generation Sonata adopts a new design language, making the overall shape younger and more scientific and technological. Specifically, the front face of the new car uses a large trapezoidal intake grille, and the front grille and the front bumper form an integrated design effect, resulting in a higher degree of recognition. The headlamp group adopts a split design, the upper daylight adopts a penetrating LED light source, with a large trapezoidal air inlet below, and the front grille and front bumper are integrated into an integrated design. It is understood that. The new Sonata will be available for consumers to choose from in both the regular version and the N Line, which is mainly blackened for details to make it look more sporty.
On the side of the body, the new Sonata uses a sedan body, the roof is pressed down from the front row, and the outline of the body is not much different from that of the current model. In the rear part, Hyundai car is redesigned for the rear, with a new shape of the through-type taillight group, and the bumper also adopts a new styling style with a prominent sense of visual hierarchy. In addition, the N Line version uses a bilateral four-way exhaust layout, which is more sporty. In terms of size, the length, width and height of the new car are 4945/1860/1445mm and the wheelbase is 2875mm.
In terms of interior decoration, the new Sonata uses an integrated screen design composed of a 12.3-inch dashboard and a 12.3-inch central control screen, together with a new style of three-spoke multi-function direction, making the car look very textured. At the same time, the car also uses a brand-new shift mechanism, equipped with head-up display, 12-speaker Bose Premium sound system and other configurations.
In terms of power, the 11th generation Sonata will provide 1.5T and 2.0T engines. Among them, the 1.5T engine has a maximum power of 170hp (125kW) and a peak torque of 253Nm, matching the 7DCT double clutch transmission. The 2.0T engine is equipped with a 8AT gearbox with a maximum power of 240hp (176.5 kW) and a peak torque of 353Nm.
The Sonata is a medium-sized car owned by Hyundai, which competes with Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Teana, Volkswagen Passat and other models, but its sales in the domestic market are very poor.
Beijing Hyundai Motor Co., Ltd. was established on October 18, 2002, which became the first Sino-foreign joint venture project in the field of automobile production after China's accession to the WTO. A month later, the fifth-generation Sonata went on sale as Beijing Hyundai's first model, priced between 17.9 yuan and 265000 yuan. Today, the Sonata produced by Beijing Hyundai has been updated to the 11th generation, of which the 10th generation model was launched in July 2010. the price range is 16.18-205800 yuan, using 1.5T engine + 7DCT double clutch gearbox, 2.0T engine + 8AT gearbox power combination selection. However, due to low sales, the tenth generation of Sonata directly skipped the mid-term changes.
Of course, it is also unknown whether the new Sonata can reverse the decline after being made in China. As we all know, Sonata locates medium-sized cars, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Teana, Volkswagen Passat are all its strong competitors, among which Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have completed the replacement one after another, especially the Camry, which also unveiled the ninth generation Camry at the 2023 Guangzhou Auto Show. In addition, more and more independent brands launch medium-sized cars, such as SAIC MG7, Ji Yue 07, Polar Krypton 007 and other electric cars will impact Sonata's development trend. Retail data show that Sonata sold 2788 vehicles in the first 11 months of 2023.
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