Following the spy shots, teaser images and the uncovering of the finished product in it's home market, Hyundai have officially revealed their all new Sonata model in South Korea. The Sonata is consistently one of the company's top sellers in North America, only recently being surpassed by the smaller, cheaper and slightly newer Elantra.
The new 2015 Sonata is set to be revealed at the upcoming New York Motor Show which will be held from the 18th April to the 27th April this year. The new model is the latest representation of a more toned down family design language that Hyundai calls 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' following the lead set by the new Genesis, while moving away from the “swoopy and sharply creased styling of the successful but stylistically divisive model” it replaces.
The new vehicle will be around an inch longer and wider than the outgoing version, it will also be more rigid due to the company's use of high strength steel, which makes up over half of the body's construction.
In the Korean market that it will first be available in, the new Sonata will be offered with three engine options. These will be four cylinder units, ranging from 2.0 litres to 2.4 litres and from 151 brake horsepower to 193 brake horse power. The power from the unit will be sent to the front wheels through a six speed manual or automatic transmission.
Having undergone extensive testing at Hyundai's new test centre at the Nurburgring and at the Mojave Proving Ground in California, the new Sonata promises a more refined ride. It also offers more interior space where it incorporates the company's latest electronic safety features, infotainment technologies and creature comforts.
Hyundai have yet to confirm which powertrain options will be offered in other markets, though this will likely be confirmed before the model becomes available anywhere else. When it goes on sale, the new Hyundai Sonata will rival other vehicles in the mid size family sedan market such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion.