By Ronan Glon
Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014 @ 9:18 am
 
Hyundai's refreshed 2015 Sonata has made its U.S. market debut at a private event in New York. Aimed at the heart of the highly-competitive mid-size segment, the new Sonata features a range of aesthetic tweaks inside and out.

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.


The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is slated to land in showrooms across the United States next fall.

Live images by Mark Elias.