Here’s something to look forward to in the D-segment sedan market here in Malaysia. Hyundai has facelifted its Hyundai Sonata and it’s only a matter of time before we receive a similiar update here in Malaysia.
The most obvious changes are the new bumper and grille designs, but the most impressive feature of the facelift is the new second generation Theta engine under the hood. This new Theta engine brings up the 2.0 litre’s power from 145 PS up to 158 PS, and the 2.4 litre’s power from 161 PS up to 171 PS. The 2.0 litre engine horsepower figures beat the figures produced by the Civic 2.0S and the Lancer 2.0 GT’s engines.
Interestingly, the Lancer 2.0 GT’s 4B11 GEMA engine and the Hyundai-Kia Theta engine both share the same 86mm x 86mm “square” bore and stroke – the fruits of the GEMA engine project with different head configuration perhaps?
This new Theta II engine will also likely find its way into the Kia Optima when it is facelifted, further enhancing the car’s already very appealing specs package.