Hyundai has just announced the 2015 Sonata Eco, a new fuel-efficient version of its latest sedan. Priced from $23,275 (excluding the $810 freight charge), the new 2015 Sonata Eco is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 177 hp and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque.
The engine is bolted to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Sonata Eco is the first Hyundai product to use it. As a result, the 2015 Sonata Eco is capable to deliver an estimated 28 mph city and 38 mpg highway.
The 32 mpg combined represents a 10 percent improvement over a 2015 Sonata SE that uses a 2.4-liter Theta II engine.
According to the official press release, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco is offered as standard with all the features of the Sonata SE plus a new chrome grille, side mirror-mounted turn signal indicators, automatic headlights, a 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support, stitching on the instrument cluster hood, chrome interior door handles, 5-inch color touchscreen audio, a rearview backup camera and Blue Link telematics system.
For those who want even more, Hyundai offers the $4,100 Technology Package that includes Blind Spot Detection System (NSD) with Rear-cross Traffic Alert and Lance Change Assist, chrome exterior door handles with welcome light, hands-free Smart Trunk Auto Open, proximity key entry with push-button start, leather seating surfaces, a steering wheel and the shift knob wrapped in leather, heated front seats but also the dual automatic temperature control.
Moreover, the package includes a 4.2-inch color LCD Multi-Info Display, an 8-inch navigation system with voice command technology, HD Radio Technology and improved touch sensitivity, dimension premium audio, Sirius XM Travel Link, auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink compass and auto up/down front passenger window.