Hyundai says redesigned Sonata will shed curves, gain refinement

The 2015 Sonata: Fewer curves

LOS ANGELES -- Hyundai says the next generation of its mid-sized Sonata sedan will be more refined than the model it replaces and will lose some of its distinctive curvy lines.

Hyundai revealed the re-engineered 2015 Sonata in South Korea last week. It will make its auto show debut next month at the New York auto show and will go on sale in the United States late this year.

The platform and U.S. powertrain lineup is expected to be largely a carryover, though Hyundai says it focused on reducing noise, vibration and harshness, improving driving dynamics and refining the design.

The current car's rounded, swoopy lines have been tightened on the new sedan's sheet metal, especially in the car's corners, reflecting Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture 2.0" design language.

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, Hyundai said in a statement.

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.

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