Higher Specification for New Line-up

The Sonata was highly specified when originally launched in May 2005, but the realignment sees the introduction of even higher standard equipment levels, including:

For the first time, black cabin trim is now also available on 2.0 litre models ordered with Thunder Grey and Crystal Silver exterior paintwork.

3.3 V6

The new flagship 3.3 V6 is luxuriously appointed, and over and above the trim of the 2.0 litre models, features: a six-disc autochanger, Air Quality Control System, reversing sensors, electro-chromatic mirror, power sunroof, power-adjustable heated front seats and a windscreen-wiper de-icer system.

An entirely new colour combination has also been added to the line-up for the 3.3 V6, which is available in Prestige Dark Red Mica paintwork with a beige leather and wood trim interior.

Performance

All three new engines boast highly competitive performance qualities. The 2.0 litre petrol and diesel models are available with a choice of manual transmission, five-speed petrol and six-speed for the diesel, or four-speed H-matic automatic transmission for £1,000.

The 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC 2.0 litre petrol model has power (143 bhp) and economy (42.8 mpg Extra Urban Cycle) to compete with the equivalent engine model from Ford’s D-segment volume leader, the Mondeo.

The new 4-cylinder 16-valve SOHC 2.0 litre CRTD diesel Sonata, meanwhile, boasts a wallet-saving 56.6 mpg on the Extra Urban Cycle, but equally, can cover the 0-62 dash in a sporty 10.7 seconds.

For real performance, however, there is the 24 valve 3.3 litre V6 petrol Sonata, capable of 143 mph top speed and 0-62 mph in just 7.8 seconds.

Driving dynamics are aided by the use of a new five-speed H-matic automatic transmission. And with 232 bhp on tap, the V6 also has bigger brake discs to cope with its greater performance.

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Published : 12/07/06 Author : Melanie Carter

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