2014 NYIAS Preview: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai will be debuting the 2015 Sonata at the 2014 New York Auto Show during its press conference on April 16 at 10:15 a.m.

The 2015 Sonata is the seventh iteration of the vehicle. The mid-size sedan, which until recently had been kept tightly under wraps, was revealed at an event in South Korea late last month.

The Sonata features an all-new exterior design called Fluid Sculpture 2.0, a more toned-down version of the styling exhibited on the 2009 models that “retains the original essence of this well-received design philosophy while being further defined by core characteristics, such as simple and harmonious design with refined fluidic design elements.” This represents a push by the South Korean automaker to style the Sonata as more “family friendly” in order to make a larger dent in the already crowded mid-size sedan market. Despite this, the Sonata is already one of the highest-selling models in North America and is expected to sell 165,000 units overseas this year alone.

Its interior is also getting a major overhaul mainly in terms of space, but also in providing the latest in electronic safety including: a rear back-up camera, electronic side and forward airbags, and the latest entertainment systems. There is no word yet on what official powertrain options will be offered in the U.S., but the Korean model sports three engine options ranging from 2.0 to 2.4-liter four cylinder and from 151 to 193 horsepower with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The Driving Life will be taking a look at what to expect from manufacturers during the press preview days at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Stay tuned to here as we bring you everything from the Jacob K. Javits Center.