The next generation of mid-sized Hyundai Sonata sedan will be more refined than the outgoing model but will lose some of its distinctive curvy lines, the South Korean carmaker said. Hyundai revealed the 2015 Sonata in South Korea last week. The 2015 Hyundi Sonata will be unveiled at the New York auto show this April and will be available for in the United States late this year.
The architecture and the powertrain lineup for the US are expected to be carried over, with Hyundai saying it concentrated on trimming noise, vibration and harshness while enhancing driving dynamics and refining the design. The curvy lines of the current model were tightened on the new Sonata’s sheet metal, reflecting Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture 2.0" design language.
Hyundai also increased the use of advanced high-strength steel in the sedan’s body-in-white, thereby increasing it has made the Sonata more rigid.
The 2015 Sonata also contains advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot detection, Hyundai said in a statement. The 2015 Sonata will a dimension almost similar to the current version – its wheelbase being less than an inch longer, while the new sedan itself is around an inch wider and higher.
When it was launched in 2009, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata managed to immediately set the standards higher for design in the mid-size sedan segment. As Hyundai perceived, consumers would be able to notice the groundbreaking and innovative design of the new Sonata. But rival carmakers noticed this novel design too.
For the 2015 model year, the design of the new Sonata has reached maturity, with its crisp and vibrant lines now well complemented by smooth and subtle surfaces. This was achieved by employing the evolved version of the original fluidic sculpture design language that allowed the Sonata to offer premium look and excellent value -- Fluidic Sculpture 2.0.
The front end of the 2015 Sonata is fitted with a larger, more refined grille with a wide air intake. The exterior is marked by a simple yet harmonious design that subtly indicates its enhanced dynamic performance as well as its human-machine connection. The strength of the new Sonata is hinted by its signature beltline that has been further stretched, while the higher levels of stability of its chassis are indicated by its taut, horizontal rocker panels.
While the 2015 Sonata still features a coupe-like roofline, this has been balanced by a larger window graphic that help highlight its more spacious cabin. The rear end, meanwhile, features horizontal lines that emphasize its width and planted appearance. Interestingly, the purposeful shape of the new Sonata allows the new car to achieve a coefficient of drag value of just 0.27, which is lower than any non-hybrid in the mid-size sedan class.
The exterior of the SE grade of the 2015 Sonata will appeal to customers who have an eye for traditional design. This version of the Sonata features standard LED daytime running lights and a rear lip spoiler as well as 16-inch alloy wheels and chrome surround for the day light opening. The Limited grade, meanwhile, adds rocker panel extensions and dual exhaust.
The Sport grade, on the other hand, comes with a more aggressive front grille and bumper as well as side chrome molding and side rocker extensions. Sport models of the new Sonata with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine under their hood are provided with feature dual exhaust while Sport variants with the 2.0T powerplant come with quad exhaust tips, a distinct rear bumper fascia and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Hyundai expects the Sport grade to account for the largest chunk of sales. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T, in particular, offers higher levels of performance as blended with the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.