After much waiting the seventh generation Hyundai Sonata has today reached Malaysia with the launch of the all-new Sonata held at Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur.
The Sonata, Hyundai’s D-Segment fighter comes in Malaysia with 1 engine option and 3 trim levels which are the base Elegance B, the middle child Elegance and the range-topping Executive.
The new Hyundai Sonata boasts many improvements over the old YF namely with the design that incorporates a newer version of the Fluidic Sculpture called the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and an improved Human-Machine Interface technology.
With the new design concept, the Sonata lays to claim an aerodynamic coefficient of cd 0.27 which is the highest in the D-segment that is helped by a flat underbody.
The new Sonata LF also claims to have an improvement on noise isolation with the design of the chassis itself is responsible for the blocking and prevention of noise from the outside.
This coupled with a more upmarket presentation of the cabin may once again put the Koreans ahead in the field.
The new Sonata comes in Malaysia with a single engine option. This being the 2.0 litre Nu MPI engine which generates 154 hp at 6,200 rpm and 194 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Putting down the power to the tarmac is done via a 6-speed transmission through the front wheels.
Standard across the range is 6 airbags except for the Elegance B which has only 2 airbags, All-wheel disc brakes, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, Motor-Driven Power Steering, Hill-start Assist Control, Keyless Entry and Start-stop Button, Smart trunk system, Dual-zone air-conditioning, auto cruise, rear air vent, power driver seat with lumbar support, leather-wrapped gear knob and steering wheel that complements the leather seats, daytime running lights, parking sensors, LED rear fog lamps.
Panoramic sunroof, HID headlamps, rear view camera and safe driver recorder are what separates the Executive trim from the rest.
Six exterior colors are available which are Ice White, Platinum Silver, Polished Metal, Remington Red, Dark Horse and Phantom Black. First owner of the Sonata will benefit from a 8years/300,000 km warranty program of which the first 5 years is a manufacturer warranty and the last 3 years will cover the engine and gearbox.
The Sonata has a total on-the-road price starting from RM 149, 845.30 or the base Elegance B, RM 143, 163.30 and the Executive RM 158, 053.30.
Also debuting in this generation Hyundai Sonata is an exclusive concierge service called “The Leader” that comes with the ownership of premium Hyundai models. Owners of the Sonata also will be given a free 2 year membership to “The Leader”.