2015 Hyundai Sonata Preview
2015 Hyundai Sonata Preview
- Completely redesigned inside and out
- Larger, more comfortable and premium interior
- Claimed improvement to driving dynamics
- Expected improvement for crash-test performance
- Reduced noise, vibration, and harshness
- New safety, convenience, infotainment features
According to U.S. sales charts, the most popular type of vehicle in America is the midsize sedan, and in recent years all of the major players have been redesigned. With the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata, which is scheduled for a North American debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the automaker makes it clear that it intends to remain competitive in this key family sedan segment.
Starting with the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan's exterior styling, the car is familiar, yet different, most noticeably in front where the new Sonata features a hexagonal grille and new headlights with LED running lights. Chrome trim spears--a hallmark of the previous-generation Sonata--stretch from the headlights and along the bottom of the greenhouse. Around back, the new 2015 Sonata displays a familiar view, looking very similar to the outgoing model.
Hyundai plans to offer a selection of aluminum wheels for the 2015 Sonata, ranging in diameter from 16 in. to 18 in., depending on the trim level and equipment.
Barely longer and wider than the car it replaces, the new 2015 Sonata's interior is claimed by the automaker to be roomier than ever before. Hyundai also says it uses higher quality materials and redesigned seats in its quest to deliver "segment-above style and dynamism." Special attention is paid to occupant touch points and how the switchgear feels to ensure that owners and passengers perceive that the new Sonata is a more premium vehicle than ever.
The result is a cabin that evokes thoughts of Scandinavian design in appearance and flavor, one employing more angles and straight edges than the outgoing Sonata. Highlights include height-adjustable front seats, a comfort-optimized steering wheel, new center console design, improved control layout, personal rear reading lights with directed illumination, and more.
Next-generation infotainment and multimedia systems with a maximum display screen size of 8 in. are also available for the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata, and they include smartphone integration, voice-recognition technology, USB/iPod connections, and more. Hyundai will offer the new Sonata with leather upholstery, and, depending on the color selected, metal or wood trim decorates various parts of the car's interior. A Saddle Tan leather option is available.
Additional upgrades include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, LED cabin lighting, power rear-window sunshade, manual rear side-window sunshades, and a panoramic sunroof. High-beam assist headlights are also planned for the 2015 Sonata, along with front and rear park-assist sensors.
Under the Hood
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata will come with a standard direct-injection, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Hyundai says that the engine boasts improved low- and mid-range torque, and will make about 195 horsepower. The automaker made no mention of the current Sonata's optional turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine at the 2015 Sonata's global debut in South Korea, but that doesn't mean it won't return.