Hyundai will launch its all-new Sonata midsizer in mid-February with two engines in its line-up: a 2.4 litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder with 138kW of power, and a flagship 2.0 turbo petrol four with 180kW.
The latter engine is Hyundai's first non-performance application of a direct-injected turbo petrol engine in this country, and sports enough grunt to give the Sonata the title of most powerful four-cylinder midsizer in Australia.
It's certainly a long way ahead of its major rival the Toyota Camry, whose naturally-aspirated 2.4 litre four produces 135kW. Ford's incoming all-new Mondeo is expected to come close, however, with a 177kW 2.0 turbo.
However as powerful as it may be, the Sonata turbo won't be the most muscular in its segment. Nissan's Altima Ti-S is equipped with a 183kW 3.5 litre V6, and the Volkswagen Passat V6 FSI comes out on top with its 220kW 3.6 litre narrow-angle V6.
Hyundai has yet to release details of the 2015 Sonata range - which effectively replaces the long-departed i45 - but ADR certification information seen by TMR confirms that two powertrains have been approved for sale in Australia.
Both will be available with automatic transmissions, with no manual option to be offered.
Crucially, no diesel or hybrid variants are listed in the "LF" Sonata's RVD entry. The hybrid is understood to be strictly for left-hand drive markets, while the i40 is expected to continue as Hyundai's diesel-capable (and wagon-capable) offering in the midsize segment.
The RVD entry also lists the wheel and tyre packages that will be available on the LF Sonata, with the entry-level Active variant gettin 16-inch wheels, the mid-grade receiving 17-inch alloys and the top-grade Premium rolling on 18-inch alloys.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata range launches locally on February 10.
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