The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has been launched in South Korea, its home country, promising to deliver better performance than its predecessor. The latest version is slightly bigger in shape than the 2014 model, offering more body strength through extensive use of sturdy steel. The 2015 Sonata will be unveiled to the international audience at the New York Motor Show next month.
The latest model’s suspension has been overhauled, with a few structural changes to achieve better performance. According to Hyundai, “you will experience improved driving dynamics” in the 2015 Sonata. The NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) level in the cabin has also been reduced.
The latest sedan is presently available in South Korea in two engine options – a 2 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine and a 2.4 litre, direct injection4 cylinder petrol engine. While the former can produce more than 165 horsepower and 2.5 kgm of torque; the latter generates in excess of 190 horsepower with 25.2 kgm of torque. You will have the choice between a six speed manual and a six speed automatic gearbox to send power to the front wheels.
The 2015 Sonata has been designed considering the Fluidic Sculpture v2.0, representing Hyundai’s traditional styling. The car does not possess extravagant exterior layers as you see in the current 2014 model; however, with harder edges, it appears to be a grownup version of the coupe: 1.4-inches longer and 1.2-inches wider. The exterior does give an impression of the Hyundai Genesis Sedan.
The interior also looks much improved, thanks to a simple yet elegant dashboard, and a stunning steering wheel. There is an attractive console in the middle of the dashboard, complemented by stronger horizontals, wood surface and trim elements. It also possesses a sophisticated and clean interior.
To keep you engaged, the South Korean automaker has provided Blue Link infotainment system in the car.
Apart from offering sufficient cargo space, the leg space is also adequate, with seating capacity of five adults.
The salient features include:
- Auto-opening boot
- Lane departure warning system
- Radar-guided cruise control
- MacPherson strut front suspension
- Multi-link rear suspension
- Front and rear stabilizer bar
- Multi-level heating passenger seat and multi-level heating driver seat
- Height adjustable driver seat
- 8-way power driver seat
- Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
- Split-folding rear seatback
- Rear ventilation ducts
- Folding with storage center armrest
- Remote power door locks
- Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Ensuring greater safety for its customers, Hyundai has provided seven air bags in the 2015 Sonata, a new seatbelt that offers better protection, automatic emergency braking and blind spot detection.
Hyundai has definitely worked hard in updating Sonata, and is confident about its success, worldwide. All in all, it surely is a better version with lots of notable features.