Earlier this month, Hyundai had released a teaser of the 2015 Sonata, giving us the first glimpse of the seventh-generation of the D-Segment car. Now pictures of a completely undisguised car, which seem to be taken at some manufacturing facility, have been leaked on the internet. Reports suggest that the car was a T-GDi variant powered by a 274bhp, 2.0-litre unit. The 2015 Sonata will be officially unveiled at the 2014 New York Motor Show, next month.
Codenamed Sonata LF, the new car makes use of more high strength and structure adhesive steel to improve stiffness and safety. The new model will be bigger than the previous car and uses Hyundai’s new ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language. Taking inspiration from the new Genesis, the new car features more conservative and toned down styling with minimum resemblance to the previous model. The car gets a new hexagonal grille, partial-LED headlamps, a sculpted hood, a coupe-like roofline, chrome-tipped dual exhausts and wrap around tail lamps, all which give it a very upmarket and sedate look.
Inside, Hyundai claims that the new Sonata will be more ergonomic than the current car with a more flexible and convenient switchgear placement. Quality of interiors is also expected to be improved with the dashboard integrating a touch screen infotainment and navigation system. In India, the Sonata has always been equipped on par with its rivals and the new Sonata is expected to add a host of driver assists like automatic braking, lane keeping aid, radar cruise control and blind spot monitoring.
Rumours suggest that Hyundai will opt for an all-turbo engine lineup for the 2015 Sonata. Besides this 2.0-litre diesel mill, the car is expected to be offered with a 1.6-litre diesel unit producing 201bhp and 264Nm of torque. Hyundai will also offer the all-new, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission DCT in some variants.
We expect the 2015 Sonata to be launched here six to eight months after its international launch. The current Sonata hasn’t been quite a hit in India, mostly due to the lack of a diesel mill in its range. Otherwise, the car has always been decently equipped for the price it demands. With this new Sonata, Hyundai has another quality product in its hand, but it will be necessary for the Korean manufacturer to bring in this car with a diesel mill to succeed in a segment largely dominated by the new Skoda Superb.