Bigger and packed with more hi-tech features, but is its styling too bland?
The big reveal for the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata has just taken place in South Korea and like its larger Genesis sedan sibling, the new model adapts the automaker’s latest evolution of its kinetic design language. From our initial impressions, the styling has been toned down for a more conservative look. Riding on a heavily updated platform with a 30 percent increase of high-strength steel, the new Sonata is longer and wider than its predecessor. The car is roughly 1.4 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider.
Its wheelbase is also longer in order to allow for increased interior space and improved ride stability. As is typical with Hyundai nowadays, expect to see plenty of hi-tech features packed in such as Advanced Smart Cruise Control, blind spot monitoring, hands-free trunk, lane departure system and even knee airbags. Powertrain wise, the North American version will likely have a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with around 190 horsepower. A 2.0-liter turbo four is also expected, as well as a choice between either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. We’ll have more details as we get closer to the new Sonata’s American debut in New York next month.