Hyundai announced today that it will introduce the new 2015 Sonata midsize sedan later this month in South Korea. After its domestic debut, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata will launch in "major markets" worldwide later this year.
It's no surprise that a new version of the Hyundai Sonata is on the way. In January 2013, former Hyundai CEO John Krafcik told us that, "The car's [styling is] done, and it looks great. I don't know what else to say other than that, when you see it, you'll say, 'Ah, they've evolved it very nicely.'" Last August, our spy photographers snapped photos of a 2015 Hyundai Sonata showing a wider front grille, a more rounded nose, a prominent character crease, and a graceful coupe-like roofline.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the second of the company's models to follow the new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 styling language that was first shown on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis. As the provided teaser photo shows, this endows the new Sonata with a hexagonal chrome-trimmed grille, swept-back headlights with light piping that leads toward the chrome beltline, and a strong character crease just above the car's door handles. Hyundai says that the interior has been redesigned for easier use, with more logical control arrangements and standardized symbols and graphics. The seats are said to be more comfortable, while, "the feel and grip for every component that the driver touches" is likewise said to have been improved.
Hyundai claims the new Sonata uses 30 percentage points more high-strength steel than the current car, cutting weight and thus improving handling. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata was, like the Genesis, tuned on Germany's Nürburgring, which should pay dividends in the fun-to-drive department. The new car's body is also said to be significantly stiffer, and Hyundai confidently expects the Sonata to ace the stringent IIHS small-overlap crash test.
There's no word yet on what engines will power the 2015 Hyundai Sonata either here or abroad. Expect more information to trickle out over the coming weeks and months leading up to the car's official debut.