After its last month’s debut at Seoul, Hyundai introduced the its all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. According to Hyundai, the 2015 Sonata follows the success of the outgoing models and offers a new look thanks to the new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.
Moreover, the vehicle offers better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features. The 2015 Sonata shows a more refined grille, wider air intakes and stylish headlights. Viewed from the side, we observe the horizontal rocker panels that reflect the chassis’ increased stability and surefootedness.
At the rear, we find LED taillights, but also a redesigned bumper. Thanks to the new design, the 2015 Sonata achieves a remarkable drag coefficient of just 0.27. For those looking for a traditional design, Hyundai offers the Sonata SE that includes standard LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler and chrome surround for the day light opening.
Sonata Limited adds rocker panel extensions and dual exhaust for a premium look. The 2015 Sonata Sport comes with a more aggressive front grille and bumper, side rocker extensions and side chrome molding.
The Sonata Sport models are powered by the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and come with the dual exhaust, while the Sport 2.0T models feature a unique rear bumper fascia, quad exhaust tips and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, we find premium materials, intuitive buttons and controls placed on the center stack, but also an 8-inch navigation system. Meanwhile, the 2015 Sonata Sport 2.0T receives a unique interior that adds a flat-bottomed steering wheel and paddle shifters and sport instrument cluster with six o’clock needle position.
Hyundai offers as standard the 2015 Sonata with iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks, SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth® phone connectivity with phonebook transfer and voice-recognition. Optional features include an 8.0-inch navigation system with downloadable apps, HD radio, Dimension or 400-watt Infinity premium audio systems with next-generation Blue Link telematics.
Blue Link system will also be available and the 2015 Sonata will be the second vehicle from Hyundai to offer it. No longer reserved for luxury cars, advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Lane Departure Warning System are all available in this midsize sedan.
Hyundai continues to offer four-cylinders for the 2015 Sonata. As a result, the 2.4-liter Theta II FDI four-cylinder engine powers the SE, Limited and Sport models. This engine delivers 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. Sport 2.0T models are powered by a revised 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI that generates 245 hp and 260 lb-ft og torque.
Both Theta engines are paired with a six-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission. Regarding the safety systems, the 2015 Sonata features as standard even airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. [source: Hyundai]