Hyundai is getting ready to pull the wraps off of the 2015 Sonata, and, thanks to our spy shooter, we now have a better idea on how the revised midsize sedan will look.
2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Hyundai – we are expecting to see both an all-new Sonata and a completely overhauled Genesis. This time around, we've spotted the 2015 Sonata testing, and it looks like this pre-production sedan has lost much of its bulky camouflage. What we can now see is that, although Hyundai promised us a totally revamped Sonata for 2015, the seventh-generation car will carry over much of the current Sonata's profile. We can see that the sweeping greenhouse is almost identical to the current Sonata's, and we can make out the same sharp character line beneath the black camo.
What will help the 2015 Sonata look fresher are all-new front and rear fascias. Gone are the sweeping design elements – in their places are rectangular head- and taillights and a square, upright grille. The new lights look to heavily utilize LED accenting; although, it doesn't look like the 2015 Sonata will get full-LED headlights like we've seen on the next Genesis. The new taillights dominate the rear end, large red rectangles spanning from the outboard corners and onto the trunklid. We can see here that, side-by-side, the 2015 Sonata looks more upright and more substantial than the 2013 Sonata. Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik confirmed last summer that the 2015 Sonata will be one of the first cars to wear the brand's "Fluidic Precision" design language, a "less-extroverted" evolution of the Fluidic Sculpture language that dominates Hyundai's current range.
Expect the 2015 Hyundai Sonata to continue on with four-cylinder power only; however, our spy shooter tells us to expect an all-turbocharged lineup, rather than the current mix of naturally aspirated, hybrid, and turbocharged powerplants, Our best guess is that the 2.0-liter turbo-four in the 2013 Sonata will carry over (or will be only slightly revised), and that the 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 from the Veloster Turbo will replace the current Sonata's 2.4-liter base engine. Word is that Hyundai is aiming the 2015 Sonata directly at the 2013 Ford Fusion, which made a splash in the midsize-sedan segment with its Aston Martin-eque styling and all-turbo, four-cylinder-only powertrain lineup.
The U.S.-spec 2015 Sonata will most likely make its official debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January; Kim Choong-ho, the CEO of Hyundai, confirmed that the next Sonata would debut by 2014.