Hyundai debuts the fuel-efficient 2015 Sonata Eco

Article by Christian A., on June 20, 2014

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.

2011 Sonata raised the design standards in the mid-sized sedan group at its 2009 debut. Consumers loved the revolutionary design and so did their competitors. Sonata's designs matured for the 2015 model year with vibrant and clean outlines complimented by even and refined shapes. Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 is a poised development of the initial fluid sculptured design motif that impeccably conveys Sonata's exclusive look and superb value.

A bigger, more polished grille with a broad air intake expresses the 2015 Sonata face. Modest, congruent lines embellish the outside while suggesting the improved energetic performance and human to machine connection that Sonata creates. Tight, lateral rocker panels illustrate the increased chassis stability and agility while the hallmark Sonata waistline is now drawn tight to accent the sedan's power. The coupe-like roof outline stays but is stabilised by a bigger window surface that accentuates the roomier inside. Lateral lines in the back emphasise the Sonata's width and proved the vehicle with a fixed look. This purposed shape creates a noteworthy coefficient of drag of 0.27, less than any non-hybrid mid-sized sedan.

Consumers seeking traditional designs will welcome the 2015 SE's exterior style that comes standard with LED daytime running lights, 16” alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler, and chrome surrounds for the day opening. The Sonata Limited also has rocker panel extensions and twin exhaust for a quality look.

Press Release

2015 SONATA ECO DELIVERS ESTIMATED 32 MPG COMBINED FUEL ECONOMY AND PREMIUM DRIVING EXPERIENCE

Hyundai today announced the third powertrain available in the 2015 Sonata. The 2015 Sonata Eco is expected to deliver 32 mpg combined fuel economy, will start at $23,275, excluding $810 freight charge, and go into production at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant later this summer.

"Sonata Eco enhances the sophisticated design and confidence-inspiring driving dynamics of the 2015 Sonata with even more impressive fuel economy," said John Shon, manager, product planning. "This innovative powertrain improves fuel efficiency without sacrificing the driving experience."

The 2015 Sonata Eco is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder engine producing an estimated 177 horsepower and 195 lb. ft. of torque. Sonata Eco is the first Hyundai product to utilize a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which no other mid-size sedan offers. This innovative powertrain helps Sonata Eco deliver an estimated 28 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. The estimated 32 mpg combined rating is more than a 10 percent improvement over a 2015 Sonata SE powered by the 2.4-liter Theta II engine.

2015 Sonata Eco comes standard with all the features of Sonata SE plus a 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.

The only available option is the $4,100 Technology Package that includes:

  • Blind Spot Detection System (BSD) with Rear-cross Traffic Alert and Lane 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
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual automatic temperature control
  • 4.2-inch color LCD Multi-Info Display
  • 8-inch navigation system featuring voice command technology, HD Radio
  • Technology, improved touch sensitivity, navigation and map split display, navigation with junction view lane guidance, Apple Eyes Free Siri integration, Wi-Fi client for downloading apps
  • Dimension premium audio
  • SiriusXM Travel Link®, which provides access to traffic information, sports scores, weather, stock prices, fuel prices and local movie times, with 3-month complimentary subscription.
  • Auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink and compass
  • Auto up/down front passenger window

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