Hyundai’s Chinese Sonata (DN8) was released prior to launch in July. The Chinese-style Sonata, tested by the Chinese automobile media AutoHome.cn, has a extended length of 55mm and a wheelbase of 50mm longer compared to the regular Sonata, and new features like a different interior design and powertrain.
Global car brands such as BMW, Mercedes, and Volkswagen are injecting Chinese models tailored to local consumer preferences for the huge Chinese auto market. Hyundai Kia Motors is also participating in this, and Hyundai Motor is targeting the Chinese market by improving the new Sonata to suit the tastes of Chinese consumers.
The Chinese-style Sonata has a length of 4955mm and a wheelbase of 2890mm. Compared to the domestic Sonata, the overall length is 55mm and the wheelbase is 50mm long. In particular, the length is 35mm shorter than the new Grandeur on sale, but the wheelbase is 5mm longer. The wheelbase is 10mm shorter than Kia’s Chinese K5.
The appearance of the Chinese Sonata is not much different from that of the Korean Sonata. Packages for the regular version and the sports version are provided. The sports version has the same appearance as the national name Sonata Sensures. Unlike the domestic specification, the rear diffuser design is different, and the dual muffler and rear turn signal are LED type.
The interior is very different from the Korean Sonata. First, a panoramic display in which an electronic instrument panel and a monitor were connected together was applied. In the center fascia, most of the physical buttons were removed, and the air conditioner and multimedia operation buttons were integrated by touch. The center tunnel space has also changed.
Powertrain consists of SmartStream 1.5 Turbo and SmartStream 2.0 Turbo. The 1.5 Turbo combines a 7-speed DCT transmission with a maximum output of 170 hp and a maximum torque of 25.8 kgm. The 2.0 Turbo is combined with a Smart Stream 8-speed automatic transmission, with a maximum output of 240 hp and a maximum torque of 36.0 kgm.