Hyundai Sonata 2.4L GDI
The 2011 Sonata sedan to be available with Hyundai’s all-new 2.4L Theta II GDI engine.
Earlier this year, we have told you that Hyundai plans to introduce a wide variety of highly advanced engines in the forthcoming Sonata sedan. Dependng on market, the all-new Sonata will be available with modern hi-tech diesel and gasoline engines.
When Sonata made its official debut two weeks ago, Hyundai released official press release that included a very limited info regarding its engine options. The company did announce a 2.0L Theta II gasoline powerplant, which will be standard engine option in the home Korean market, and also provided some detailed numbers for its power and fuel-consumption ratings.
However, the company did not reveal any spec on other engine options, including the 2.4L four-cylinder Theta II engine. Reportedly, a technologically highly advanced 2.4L Theta II unit will be standard engine on all US-spec Sonata models and is rumoured to feature around 200 horsepower.
The 2.4L Theta II GDI engine will be equipped with latest gasoline direct injection technology -GDI, which cuts exhaust emissions and improves efficiency. By injecting the fuel directly inside the cylinder in small, precise amounts, the technology also helps improving the response and performance of the engine.
Hyundai‘s state-of-the-art four-cylinder engine also includes Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) that further improves its efficiency. While there are no information about the fuel efficieny of the powerplant, you can expect the engine to achieve up to 10 percent higher fuel efficiency compared to the existing 2.4L Hyundai unit.
According to latest rumours, this high-tech four-cylinder gasoline engine will be fitted in various new Hyundai and Kia models in the near future. As mentioned before, the very first Hyundai car to be equipped with the all-new 2.4L GDI powerplant will be the 2011 Sonata sedan. Such particular model has already been caught by one of the Hyundai fans in Korea (see the image). Thanks for the pics Kim!
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