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.