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Hyundai Debuts Diesel in Luxurious 2009 Sonata - (Australia)

June 2nd, 2008

- New styling inside and out, plus a host of interior refinements
- New high output 2.0 litre CRDi turbo-Diesel engine with 6 speed manual

Sydney, Australia: Building on the global success of its predecessor, Hyundai’s 2009 Sonata combines a ‘premium’ exterior treatment with a newly designed interior offering several class-leading refinements. With several class-leading innovations and Hyundai’s traditional outstanding value, the 2009 Sonata is destined to impress Australian buyers looking for an attractive and affordable mid-size luxury sedan to suit their family and lifestyle.
2009 Sonata stand-out features include:

  • ‘Premium’ exterior design – distinctive new front ‘face’, revised front and rear lamp clusters and alloy wheels, with chrome ‘shoulders’ and bumper/body side mouldings on all versions
  • Enhanced performance and economy from uprated 2.4 litre petrol engine or new 2.0 litre CRDi turbo-Diesel (fuel consumption 6.0 l/100km with new 6-speed manual gearbox)
  • Ride and Handling – Quicker steering plus suspension dynamics specifically optimised around Australia’s unique driving conditions
  • Safety - Advanced safety equipment made affordable, including side and curtain airbags, Electronic Traction Control, ESP Stability Control and ‘anti-whiplash’ front headrests
  • New interior design - Clean, functional and well-organised interior – built with the driver’s comfort and convenience in mind. Design highlights include flexible, luxurious seating, blue/white instrument illumination, ample storage plus high quality leather finishes on Elite models.
  • Full iPod®/USB-compatible audio as standard, allowing the driver to operate an iPod® through the 2009 Sonata audio head unit and steering wheel audio controls
  • Australia’s first 5 year / unlimited km manufacturer’s warranty, supported by 12 months premium roadside assistance

“The 2009 Sonata underlines Hyundai’s commitment to bring latest generation technology within the reach of all Australian motorists,” said Hyundai’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Kevin McCann. “Sonata now offers a suite of intelligent safety features with revised suspension and steering, together with the class-leading quality and reliability for which Hyundai is globally recognised.”

Model range
Five variants of 2009 Sonata are offered: Elite and SLX, each with 2.4 litre (2359cc) petrol power with either five-speed manual or five-speed Selectronic with Hyundai Intelligent Vehicle electronic control (HiVec) automatic transmission - which is adaptive to driver style with lock up torque converter. The new 2.0 litre Common Rail Direct injection (CRDi) turbo-Diesel intercooled with Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) comes in a six-speed manual gearshift and four-speed Selectronic with Hyundai Intelligent Vehicle electronic control (HiVec) automatic transmission.

The highlight of 2009 Sonata’s powertrain line-up is the new 2.0 litre turbo-Diesel engine, badged CRDi for Common Rail Direct injection. It is an outstandingly frugal yet torquey 2.0 litre, 16 valve single overhead camshaft, four-cylinder engine with Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) to optimise both performance and economy; with low friction balancer shaft technology for smooth and quiet operation.

Maximum torque is a hefty 305Nm between 1,800 and 2,500rpm, while power peaks at 110kW at 3800 rpm. The CRDi is paired with a compact six-speed manual transmission with sporty, short gear lever throws and evenly spread gear ratios for satisfyingly progressive acceleration.

2009 Sonata’s petrol power plant is an enhanced Theta II 2.4 litre, which adds Dual Continuous Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT), CVVT system added to the exhaust camshaft as well as the addition of a Variable Induction System (VIS) providing improved fuel efficiency and increased power and torque. The manual five-speed gearbox is a smooth shifting unit with a compact three-axis structure that shortens the transaxle length for better packaging in the engine bay. This engine delivers excellent efficiency with fuel economy of just 8.0 l/100km for the 6-speed manual and 8.4 l/100km for the 4-speed automatic.

As with all Hyundai CRDi models, 2009 Sonata CRDi variants will be supplied with a pack of latex free vinyl gloves to make refuelling a clean and carefree experience.

Advanced suspension
2009 Sonata suspension has been specially calibrated for Australian driving conditions. This involved refining 2009 Sonata’s settings to accommodate Australia’s multi-patched and bumpier roads.

Front suspension is an independent double wishbone system with coil springs and anti-roll bar. Rear suspension is an independent multi-link system with coil springs and anti-roll bar.

Quicker steering now turns from lock to lock in three turns (previously 3.3) to make the 2009 Sonata feel more agile on the road.
NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) analysis has been a crucial aspect of the car’s development. Modifications have included a redesign of the fuel delivery pipe and reinforcement of the engine mounting bracket and the result is reduced high frequency and fuel noise, for a quieter ride.

Equipment and features
Occupant comfort is at the forefront of the 2009 Sonata so not surprisingly, standard conveniences abound. These include: include air conditioning with pollen filter, power windows on all doors, remote keyless entry with alarm, flock lined, illuminated glove box compartment, full auto climate control (on Elite variants), front door courtesy lamps, blue and white illuminated instrument cluster -dash, blue audio and climate controls and a 12 volt power outlet in centre console and rear boot as well as cruise control. The front seat recline handles have been repositioned, eliminating interference with seat belt functionality.

2009 Sonata comes with an auxiliary jack for an iPod® plus a USB port and Auxiliary jack for other portable audio devices to play through the car’s MP3/WMA-compatible CD/FM/AM sound system (AAC format files can be played when an iPod® is connected with the Genuine Hyundai Accessory iPod® cable). Every customer also receives a complimentary 1GB USB memory stick. The steering wheel integrates tabs for the audio and cruise control and the wheel adjusts for reach as well as tilt angle on all model variants.

There are magazine pockets behind the front seat backrests, map pockets on all doors and bottle holders integrated into the front doors.
Detail design touches add user-friendliness: Cup holders two in the front centre console and another two in the rear seat’s central pull-down armrest  all have rubber grip flaps to steady their drink containers.

2009 Sonata offers supportive seating, which includes height adjustment and driver and front passenger power seats (Elite) with adjustable lumbar support. Rear seat backrests are split 60/40 and fold forward to provide a large and versatile storage space with a boot space of 523 litres (VDA).

Refined Styling
With input from Hyundai’s European Design Studio in Russelsheim, Germany, the 2009 Sonata has subtly executed sculpturing that bestows a prestigious presence with elegant proportions. Crouching close to the road on 16” (SLX) or 17” (Elite) wheels the 2009 Sonata has a sporty stance evoking a refined athleticism for this medium sedan.

The 2009 Sonata’s exterior styling enhancements are significant and include: slim design front and rear bumpers with chrome inserts and chrome waist line moulding, large chrome radiator grille, larger and rearranged front head lamps and wide design front bumper, air dam and fog lamps, chrome door handles (Elite), 16” (SLX) and 17” (Elite) alloy wheels on 215/ 60 R16 and 225/50 R17 tyres respectively. The 2009 Sonata Elite also has body colour reverse park assist sensors.

The 2009 Sonata is available in an array of stylish colours, which include: Noble White (solid), Black Diamond (pearl), Deep Blue Pearl (pearl), Sleek Silver (metallic), Silky Beige (metallic) and Iron Silver (metallic) with all exterior colors matched with a charcoal black based interior.

Luxurious interior ambience
The new interior design is refined and offers luxurious finishes for both driver and passenger with attention to the smallest of details.

The 2009 Sonata interior enhancements include: a large screen audio (with in-dash six stacker CD player, separately mounted amplifier plus subwoofer on Elite variants). iPod®/ USB/ Aux connection located in the centre armrest, which can be controlled from the head unit with the Genuine Hyundai Accessory iPod® cable that allows the playing of AAC format music, as well as MP3 and WMA formats. The 2009 Elite trim includes a dual-air climate control with a wider screen, leather seats and chrome effect interior door handles.

High quality materials, excellent fit (and leather finishes on the Elite), the ergonomic placement of controls and the soft blue hue of its instrument illumination hallmark the 2009 Sonata’s upmarket cabin ambience.

Active Safety
The 2009 Sonata builds on Hyundai’s established quality credentials and offers the latest safety technologies and comfort features as well as debuting a new, sportier dynamic agility and performance set to challenge the best in its class.

Sonata’s structural safety includes a reinforced front end and dashboard, two-way box-shaped cross-sections and upper tunnels, reinforced overall cowl with a box shaped structure, enlarged joint area between the cowl and A-pillars, single pressing body side inner panels and reinforced roof corners and rear shelf area.
2009 Sonata has a 4-channel, four -sensor Anti-skid Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), ESP Stability Control (ESP) with Traction Control System (TCS), high mounted centre rear brake light, reserve park assist warning system (available as a Genuine Hyundai Accessory on SLX trim), warning chimes and lights for seatbelts and door and engine check as well as an auto headlight on/off system and front fog lamps as standard.

ESP is a cutting-edge driving stability system which, along with ABS and TCS, improves handling by controlling brake pressure and engine output during dangerous manoeuvres such as abrupt avoidance turns at speed or too-severe acceleration and braking, particularly on slippery roads. Increasingly, ESP is being credited as a major factor in reducing single car crashes.

Passive Safety
Standard passive safety features include: Driver and front passenger SRS front airbags, driver and front passenger side (thorax) SRS airbags, front and rear outboard passenger side curtain SRS airbags. The 2009 Sonata also comes with ‘anti-whiplash’ injury active front head restraints which adjust fore-aft as well as vertically. A cantilever mechanism inside the front seat backrests uses the seat occupants’ weight pressing back into the seat in a rear impact to pivot the head restraint forward and slightly upward to minimise or prevent head rotation backwards.

Helping to better restrain occupants during an impact are front seatbelt dual pretensioners and load limiters, as well as, anti-submarining front seat steel pans and rear seat ramps. The front belts also have adjustable-height pillar mounts and are three-point retractable. There are three child seat top tether strap anchor positions.

Hyundai Active Locking Operation (HALO) which includes speed sensing auto door locking and auto door unlocking when ignition key is removed as well as an inside door unlock function, central locking, deadlock security system, engine immobiliser and keyless entry with burglar alarm come as standard.

Models and pricing
Hyundai benchmark value is clearly evidenced in 2009 Sonata pricing* which spans $27,990 to $36,990, with the Sonata Elite CRDi turbo-Diesel starting at a class-leading $30,490.

Sonata SLX

2.4 petrol 5 speed manual



2.4 petrol 5 speed auto



2.0 CRDi 6 speed manual



2.0 CRDi 4 speed auto


Sonata Elite

2.4 petrol 5 speed auto



2.0 CRDi 4 speed auto


2009 Sonata SLX leads off at $27,990* for the 2.4 petrol five speed manual. 2009 Sonata SLX 2.4 five speed automatic is $29,990 while the SLX CRDi six speed manual is $30,490. All SLX models come complete with ESP Stability Control, ABS; dual front and side (thorax) SRS airbags, front and rear outboard passenger side curtain SRS airbags; active four-way adjustable active ‘anti-whiplash’ front head restraints; three height adjustable rear seat head restraints; pollen-filtering air-conditioning; power windows; remote entry with alarm; variable driver’s seat height; tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel; deluxe centre console with armrest and bi-level concealed compartments; iPod® and other media player connectivity, USB compatible CD/MP3/WMA audio system; ambient temperature and clock display.

As with all Hyundai models, a class-leading warranty is testament to the outstanding build quality and reliability of 2009 Sonata. New Sonata owners will enjoy the peace of mind of Australia’s first five-year new car warranty with unlimited kilometres, a marked reinforcement of Hyundai’s confidence in the quality and reliability of its range of lifestyle vehicles. The 2009 Sonata is also backed with 12 months Hyundai Premium Assist roadside coverage with inclusions such as hotel / hire car coverage if required.

2009 Sonata captures the essence of modern luxury: leading edge technology, refined practicality and an ability to create a sense of occasion for its driver – on drive.

*denotes recommended retail price excluding on-road costs

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