More Refined 2015 Hyundai Sonata Debuts in Korean Home Market

By Jacob Brown | March 24, 2014
Hyundai needs to keep its positive momentum going, and there's no better way to do that than to introduce the world to its next-generation Sonata midsize sedan. The Seoul-based automaker launched the 2015 Hyundai Sonata today in its home market, introducing an evolved car rather than the stylish revolution that was the 2010 model. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing car, taking advantage of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) for 51 percent of its body versus 30 percent for the outgoing model. AHSS is roughly 10 percent lighter than conventional steel, yet it's more durable.
Hyundai's big goal with the 2015 Sonata was boosting refinement. The interior has been rethought to bundle buttons of similar function with one another to lessen confusion. It has also upgraded interior materials and ever-so-slightly decreased interior noise. Power options for the Korean market include a 2.0-liter base four-cylinder engine with 151 horsepower, a 2.0-liter engine with 168 horsepower, and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 193 horsepower that should be more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model's 200-horsepower engine. Overseas, there will be a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic. The current U.S. Sonatas are rated at 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway for the 2.4-liter car and 21 mpg city/32 mpg highway for the more powerful turbocharged model.
In the U.S., expect to see the 2.4-liter four-cylinder option, a hybrid version, and an upgraded version of the 274-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offered in the current car. Don't expect the manual transmission to make a comeback here. With new technology like active cruise control and collision mitigation technologies, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata should be gunning for IIHS Top Safety Pick+ status when it gets tested. The current model earned a "Marginal" rating in its small front overlap test, securing it a spot just off the TSP+ list for 2014. Promised to deliver better handling, more refined road manners, and duller styling than the current car, what we have before you thus far is the Korean-spec sedan. The U.S. version will be introduced in the middle of next month at the 2014 New York Auto Show before going on sale towards the end of this year. Source: Hyundai