Last modified: 04/07/14
The seventh generation of Hyundai’s mid-sized sedan goes on sale in the third-quarter of 2014 with new sheet metal and a new interior. Hyundai engineers have been working to re-engineer the Sonata’s platform to improve ride quality, handling and steering. The current Sonata’s lineup of 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter turbo engines also are expected to carry over into the seventh generation, but should have improvements to boost efficiency. A 1.6-liter turbo is a rumored addition, either as a replacement to the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder or as an additional engine.
The current car's rounded, swoopy lines have been tightened on the new sedan's sheet metal, especially in the car's corners. Increased use of advanced high-strength steel in the Sonata's body-in-white has boosted rigidity, Hyundai said in partial specifications released last week. Advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot detection will be available.
The 2015 Sonata's dimensions are close to those of the current model. The wheelbase is less than an inch longer, and the car is about an inch wider and higher.
|Segment: Mid-sized||Powertrain: Conventional (gasoline)|
|Release Year: 2014||New Product Category: Re-engineering |
|Drive: FWD|| |