Marginally longer and wider than the 2014 model, the 2015 Sonata falls in line with Hyundai's latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language thanks to a revamped front end with a hexagonal grille inspired by the larger Genesis, a revised bumper and new headlights. Out back, the updates consist of new tail lamps and a redrawn trunk lid, while additional paint colors and alloy wheel designs round out the updates.
The yet-unveiled Sonata Hybrid should once again get its own styling, including model-specific trim pieces and a revised version of the 18-inch Hyper Silver alloy wheels available on the current SE trim level.
The 2015 Sonata is more rigid than the outgoing model thanks to the widespread use of high-strength steel.
The interior adopts a more squared-off design that allows for a larger center console and a more convenient switchgear placement. The 2015 Sonata eschews a fully-digital instrument cluster but gains a configurable TFT screen mounted in between the gauges, and Hyundai's latest infotainment system will be available on all but the lowest trim levels.
The Sonata continues to offer a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both have been upgraded for stronger low-end response, though output figures remain unchanged.
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