President and CEO of Hyundai unveiled the 2015 Hyundai Sonata at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this morning. The Sonata has consistently been a top-selling model since its initial release and Hyundai has even higher hopes for the 2015 model.
At the NYIAS, the 2015 Sonata shared the stage with the 2015 Genesis, released earlier this year. Though relatively different vehicles, the Genesis represents the first execution of Hyundai’s newly refined design language, the 2015 Sonata representing the second. Hyundai is calling this design venture “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0,” through which it hopes to advance in design capabilities, quietness, advanced dynamics and safety features. The lessons perfected in the Genesis are now applied to every aspect of the new Sonata.
For the new Sonata, Hyundai focused on making changes that drivers would be able to physically see, hear and feel. Noticeable upgrades include noise reduction; increased responsive handling; a sleek, elegant exterior and a luxurious, ergonomic interior layout. This model is a more advanced Sonata in every way.
Chief Designer Christopher Chapman compared the Sonata’s new physique to the effect of perfectly tailored suit worn by an athlete, both the suit and the Sonata emphasize and enhance the strength of the body within. The taut exterior surfaces of the vehicle project inner power while the design and engineering speak with a clear voice.
The 2015 Sonata is built with advanced high-strength steel that is both stronger and lighter than your average steel, making the vehicle safer and more powerful. The high-strength steel provides an all-encompassing body rigidity that serves as the foundation for exceptional safety and confident, athletic driving. The suspension and steering have been redesigned for more responsive handling and the vehicle is designed for a 4-cylinder engine due to Hyundai’s commitment to their 4-cylinder lineup. All these features provide a high level of safety in addition to the collision warning, lane change assist, and other safety features included. This enhanced model is designed to receive a high safety rating.
Upgrades to the exterior front include a more refined grille with a wide air intake surrounded by modern LED lights. The signature Sonata beltline is stretched tight to further emphasize the car’s strength and taut horizontal lines span the rear of the car. The larger window graphing emphasizes the surprisingly roomy interior and the polished, reflective surface gives the car an overall sleek look.
The interior of the Sonata shows a careful attention to detail with a focus on the driver’s needs. High-grade materials and controls provide tactile refinement and alluring confidence in the comfort and strength of the vehicle. The interior also has increased passenger space to provide more comfort and convenience, leading it to be classified as a large car within the medium vehicle class. The Sonata’s audio technology will include the newest generation Infinity premium audio in addition to amenities from Google, Sirius, Pandora, HD Radio and Sound Hound. The 2015 Sonata will also be one of the first to bring Apple Car Play to the market.
With eliminating noise for a quieter ride; upgrading the handling and steering;, and creating an overall luxurious, driver-friendly design, Hyundai claims that the impressive 2015 Sonata is just the start of its aggressive new product release plan. The company intends to launch 12 new products in the next three years, going above and beyond the success it found between 2010 and 2012.
The 2015 Sonata will be available with a 2.4-liter theta as the base engine or a 2.4 turbo engine for the sports edition. The Sonata Sport 2.0T, characterized by a sport-tune suspension, larger front brakes and a more aggressive edge with distinguished sporty details, will also be available.
The Driving Life will taking a look at what to expect from manufacturers during the press preview days at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Stay tuned here as we bring you everything from the Jacob K. Javits Center.