Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) has been reported to have stopped the sales of its Sonata flagship sedan in the country. It maybe noted that the last generation Sonata, which was on sale in the country with only a petrol engine option, has failed to impress the Upper-D segment sedan buyers. The condition is so bad that in the last six months, Hyundai has managed to sell just 10 Sonata cars in India!
India needs no introduction to the Sonata, as this was the third Sonata model that was on sale in the country. The Sonata nameplate first arrived in India in 2001 and was followed by the Sonata Embera in 2005. The last gen Sonata entered Indian car market in 2012. The lack of a diesel engine option is being cited as the biggest reason for the demise of the Sonata. It needs to be mentioned here that diesel engine options have grown to become the preferred choices of car buyers in the higher segments of the market. The Embera, which performed fairly well on the sales charts, was offered with both petrol and diesel engines.
Powering the India-spec Sonata is a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine from the car-maker’s ‘Theta’ engine family. Called the 2.4 GDi, this engine belts out a maximum power of 198.3 Bhp at 6,300 rpm and a peak torque of 250 Nm at 4,250 rpm. The ‘GDi’ suffix stands for ‘Gasoline Direct Injection’. In such engines, the fuel injectors are positioned rather close to the cylinders and this proximity allows for the fuel to be sprayed directly into the cylinders, and at a pressure which is close to ten times of the pressure in a non-direct (conventional) fuel-injection system. Hyundai has claimed that the manual gearbox-equipped Sonata can return as much as 12 kmpl in city usage and upto 16.5 kmpl on the highways.
via Autocar India