The 2011 Hyundai Sonata will be the first vehicle to debut the Korean automaker's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language.
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The Sonata will be available in three trim levels: an entry level GLS model, a performance oriented SE, and the luxury trim Limited.
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All trim levels will be powered by the same single-option 2.4-liter direct-injection gasoline engine making 198 horsepower. However, the SE trim gets a bump up to an even 200 ponies.
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Bulbous and curvy, the Sonata's aesthetic is an acquired taste. At the very least, it's more visually stimulating than the Camry.
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Inside, the Sonata is as attractive as its larger sibling, the Genesis sedan.
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A flash-memory-based navigation system is available at all trim levels and reads its data from 8GB of internal memory.
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A new HVAC control scheme aims to make climate controls more intuitive, meanwhile an offset shifter hints at a driver-oriented cockpit.
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A premium Dimension audio system is standard in the Sonata Limited and optional for the GLS and SE models. Additionally, a 400-watt Infinity audio system is an option for the Limited trim.
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Although the Sonata will debut with the 2.4-liter engine as the sole option, a 2.0-liter turbocharged mill and a Blue Hybrid Drive model will be available by late 2010.
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