Here are more official details on the car Hyundai has decided to call the Hyundai Sonata Transform, basically the mid-life facelift of the latest fourth generation Hyundai Sonata. The new Sonata facelift will be launched first in the Korean market for the 2008 model year, and the rest of the world will get it soonest for the 2009 model year, this probably includes Malaysia as well, pending our local distributor’s plans of course.
I like the current Sonata’s design and I say Hyundai has taken the new Sonata facelift backward in terms of exterior design – for example, the headlamps are now bigger so they look less sleek. But the new interior is a total redesign and looks much more upmarket than the current interior – a huge improvement to me, but very obviously “inspired” by the second generation Lexus RX/Toyota Harrier interior.
In Korea, the 2.0 litre Sonata gets its power boosted up to 163 PS but internationally the new engine specs is announced as having 158 PS. This probably has to do with different tune-ups for different countries having different emissions laws. The new 2.4 litre puts out 171 PS (179 PS in Korea), up from 161 PS. This power gain is achieved through the addition of a new variable intake system to the Theta engine family, and variable valve timing is now on both intake and exhaust ports.
More images and videos of the facelifted Sonata Transform after the jump.
Video: 2009 Hyundai Sonata Transform facelift
Video: The Making Of Hyundai Sonata Transform Ad
Video: 2009 Hyundai Sonata Facelift