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More Details for Redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata Emerge in New York City

By: Jeff Youngs, 4/16/2014
The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata has made its North American debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, and the automaker released additional details about its new midsize family sedan.

Classified as a large car by official EPA measurements, the new 2015 Sonata sedan's bodywork boasts a 0.27 coefficient of drag and wraps around a 16.3 cu.-ft. trunk, making the interior and the cargo space among the largest of its competitors.

For the interior, Hyundai says that its core design principles were "safety, intuitiveness, and simplicity." To that end, the center control panel is angled toward the driver and the dashboard display screen is purposely located on the same plane as the gauges and instrumentation for easy reference and enhanced readability. Hyundai also strove to quiet the 2015 Sonata's cabin through various methods.

The U.S. lineup will include SE, Limited, and Sport trim levels, each equipped with a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 185 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque. The new 2015 Sonata Sport 2.0T will have the automaker's turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, rated to make 245 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. All 2015 Sonatas are equipped with a 6-speed SportShift automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

Those familiar with the outgoing Sonata will note reduced engine power ratings for the new 2015 Sonata. Hyundai acknowledges this, explaining that it has elected to tune the engines so that peak power is made lower in the rev range in order to make both power plants feel stronger from the driver's seat.

For 2015, the Sonata SE will include LED running lights, chrome window surround trim, a rear lip spoiler, and standard 16-in. aluminum wheels. In addition to more standard equipment, the Sonata Limited gets rocker panel extensions and a dual exhaust system for what Hyundai says is a more upscale appearance.

The Sonata Sport adds what the automaker describes as a "more aggressive" grille and front bumper, rocker panel extensions, and chrome side moldings. With the turbocharged engine in the Sonata Sport, buyers will also receive larger 18-in. aluminum wheels, a stiffer suspension, larger front brakes, re-tuned electric steering, and quad exhaust outlets. Inside, the Sonata Sport 2.0T features paddle shifters attached to a flat-bottom steering wheel, along with sport instrumentation.

New technology includes a Lane Change Assist feature, which can monitor how rapidly traffic is approaching from either side of the Sonata and warn the driver if he or she signals a change to enter the faster driver's lane. The Blue Link telematics system adds Google destination search, remote engine starting, and when paired with the optional navigation system, a new Hyundai Assurance Car Care App giving owners the ability to access owner's manual information, find a dealer, schedule service, and more. Siri Eyes Free and Apple CarPlay iPhone integration technology is available, and 2015 Sonata models with navigation support Pandora and SoundHound applications.

Built in Hyundai's Alabama assembly plant, the 2015 Sonata goes on sale early in the summer of 2014.

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