Hyundai unveiled the new 2015 Sonata midsize sedan in its home market of South Korea before the U.S. version of the car debuts at the 2014 New York auto show in a few weeks. The new Sonata displays an evolutionary design and aims for more premium positioning in terms of driving dynamics, available technology, and interior quality.
These upmarket aspirations start with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s cleaner exterior styling. From many angles, the new car looks very similar to the outgoing Sonata, but the smaller, more conservative grille up front makes for a more understated appearance than the current car’s striking front end. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata also displays a slightly taller, less coupe-like roofline than its predecessor, which should improve rear-seat headroom at the expense of some style points. The new car’s improved proportions contribute to an overall more modern look, though, bringing the Sonata up to speed with key midsize competitors like the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord which have been redesigned recently.
Although the U.S.-spec Sonata will be nearly identical to this Korean-market car styling-wise, U.S. Hyundai representatives told us that the car headed to our shores will display slightly sportier design cues. We also don’t know at this point which powertrains the U.S.-spec Hyundai Sonata will receive, though the Korean-market car will be available with three four-cylinder engines ranging from 2.0 to 2.4 liters. We would expect the U.S. car to use updated versions of the current 2.4-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder along with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder used in today's Sonata 2.0T models.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s new interior features a much more horizontal arrangement compared with the current car’s vertical center stack, and Hyundai says this new, more driver-focused design improves ergonomics. The Korean-market car is available with technologies like adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning, so we would expect for these active safety technologies to make it to our shores on upper-trim Sonatas as well.
Look for more information about the 2015 Hyundai Sonata when it makes its official U.S. debut in a few weeks at the 2014 New York auto show.