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2015 Hyundai Sonata Redesigned, Debuts at 2014 New York Auto Show

By: Jeff Youngs, 3/26/2014
Although it resembles the outgoing 2014 Sonata in several respects, particularly when viewed from the back, the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata is an all-new model, according to the automaker. Hyundai revealed the new 2015 Sonata in Seoul, South Korea, in advance of its North American debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

Like the redesigned 2015 Genesis Sedan, the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata adheres to an evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 styling language intended to project what the automaker describes as "an athletic appearance" in accordance with "Modern Premium" product positioning. Highlights of the new design philosophy include what Hyundai claims are simple, harmonious, refined, and polished surfaces and details, inside and out.

"We are confident that the all-new Sonata will change the landscape of the global midsize sedan market," Choong Ho Kim, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor, said during the all-new Sonata launching ceremony in Seoul. "Hyundai Motor has been pursuing qualitative growth, providing innovative experiences and values to our customers, and the all-new Sonata will be at the center of these efforts."

Take one glance at the new 2015 Sonata, especially from the rear, and it might be difficult to spot the differences. They exist, though, especially in front where a hexagonal grille, new headlights, and a revised front end look different from the outgoing model.

While the exterior doesn't increase much in size, Hyundai says that the new 2015 Sonata's cabin is bigger. The automaker also says higher-quality materials, refined controls, and redesigned seats are intended to make the driver and their passengers feel like the Sonata is a class-above in terms of quality and comfort.

Features contributing to the new Sonata's upscale look and feel include several colors of leather, metal or wood cabin trim, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, manual and power rear window shades, a panoramic sunroof, and more. New navigation and infotainment systems are also offered for the new 2015 Sonata, as well as a Smart Trunk hands-free trunk-opening system. Safety-related upgrades include blind-spot detection, a lane-departure warning system, and an advanced smart cruise control system with Automatic Emergency Braking.

A strengthened vehicle structure, new suspension designs and tuning, revised electric steering, and upgraded brakes all contribute to what Hyundai says is a more dynamic driving experience. Additionally, Hyundai has taken measures to reduce the car's noise, vibration, and harshness to improve refinement and comfort.

The standard engine is a familiar 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with direct fuel injection, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that drives the car's front wheels. Hyundai says that low- and mid-range torque is improved, and that the standard 4-cylinder will make approximately 195 horsepower. The automaker has not confirmed whether or not the 2015 Sonata will continue to offer an optional turbocharged 4-cylinder for added power and performance.

Hyundai has not announced when the redesigned 2015 Sonata will go on sale, or at what price. More details are to come in the weeks and months ahead.

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