Sophisticated 2015 Hyundai Sonata Blends Confidence-Inspiring Driving Dynamics And Premium Design

Sophisticated 2015 Hyundai Sonata Blends Confidence-Inspiring Driving Dynamics
                              And Premium Design

Sonata Evolves with Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design Language and Class-Above

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Hyundai today introduced its all-new
seventh-generation 2015 Sonata at the New York International Auto Show.
Following the incredible success of the outgoing Sonata, the all-new
generation offers a more refined look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0
design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise,
vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features. Sonata
truly democratizes the premium design and convenient technology of the Genesis
sedan for the mid-size class. The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be built at the
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery, Ala. and go on sale
early this summer.


The 2011 Sonata raised the bar for design in the mid-size sedan segment when
it was introduced in 2009. Consumers noticed the groundbreaking design and so
did the competition. Sonata's design matures for the 2015 model year with
energetic and crisp lines complimented by smooth and subtle surfaces. Fluidic
Sculpture 2.0 is a confident evolution of the original fluidic sculpture
design language that perfectly expresses Sonata's premium look and excellent

A larger, more refined grille with a wide air intake defines the face of the
2015 Sonata. Simple, harmonious lines adorn the exterior while hinting at the
improved dynamic performance and human-machine connection Sonata provides.
Taut, horizontal rocker panels reflect the chassis' increased stability and
surefootedness while the signature Sonata beltline is now stretched tight to
accentuate the sedan's strength. The coupe-like roofline remains, but it is
balanced by a larger window graphic that emphasizes the roomier interior.
Horizontal lines in the rear underscore Sonata's width and give the car a
planted look. This purposeful shape achieves a remarkable drag coefficient of
just 0.27, lower than any non-hybrid in the mid-size sedan class.

Shoppers looking for a traditional design will appreciate the 2015 Sonata SE's
exterior styling that includes standard LED daytime running lights, 16-inch
alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler and chrome surround for the day light
opening. Sonata Limited adds rocker panel extensions and dual exhaust for a
premium look.

Sonata Sport features a more aggressive front grille and bumper, side rocker
extensions and side chrome molding. Sport models powered by the 2.4-liter
four-cylinder engine feature dual exhaust while Sport 2.0T models feature a
unique rear bumper fascia, quad exhaust tips and 18-inch alloy wheels. The
Sport model is expected to be the most popular Sonata. With the 2015 Hyundai
Sonata Sport 2.0T, performance is something you taste and the Fluidic
Sculpture 2.0 design language certainly whets the appetite.

"We crafted the shape of the 2015 Sonata in the same way an award-winning chef
refines his recipe over the years," said Chris Chapman, chief designer,
Hyundai Design North America. "With the 2011 Sonata, Hyundai took the mid-size
sedan from a meal to a gourmet dinner. The evolution to Fluidic Sculpture
2.0's more taut, modern lines reflect the improvements in refinement and
driving dynamics for 2015."

Confident, energetic lines define the 2015 Sonata's exterior and are
complimented inside the cabin by a premium interior with a special emphasis on
ergonomics. Intuitive buttons and controls are placed on the center stack,
which is angled toward the driver to make the controls easier to reach.
Hyundai's core interior design principles are safety, intuitiveness and
simplicity and Sonata delivers in spades.

Controls are grouped logically and placed in the most convenient position for
the driver. To create a unified experience inside the cabin, designers met
with various suppliers to make sure all buttons and switchgear have a
consistent feel. The height of the display screen for the audio display or
8-inch navigation system and instrument cluster are optimized for visibility
and reside on the same plane to enhance readability during a quick glance.
These ergonomic enhancements help the driver remain focused on the road ahead
and provide confidence behind the wheel.

All components inside the cabin were examined and opportunities for
improvement were taken very seriously. Even the steering wheel went through
extensive testing to determine the ideal diameter, shape and tactile feel to
maximize driver confidence. Improvements in the design of the steering wheel
and changes to the layout of the instrument cluster necessitated a new
steering column design. Designers and engineers sweated every detail in their
quest to make the interior as safe, intuitive and simple as possible while
delivering convenient features with pleasing aesthetics.

Sonata Sport 2.0T receives a unique interior that enhances its more dynamic
personality. A D-cut steering wheel and paddle shifters help provide the
confidence enthusiastic drivers expect while the sport instrument cluster with
six o'clock needle position hints at the improved performance from the more
responsive 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

Reducing undesired noise inside the cabin was a top priority for the 2015
Sonata. Engineers reduced the size of the apertures in the bulkhead and
increased use of sound deadening materials in the dashboard to prevent
unwanted noise from entering the cabin. Engine notes were tuned to be pleasing
to the ear without being intrusive. More sound absorption materials are used
under the floorpan and an underbody tray made of fibrous glass expansion board
improves aerodynamics while reducing unwanted road noise.

The 2015 Sonata's efficient packaging delivers outstanding passenger and
interior volume. With 106.1 cu. ft. of passenger volume and a total interior
volume of 122.4 cu. ft., 2015 Sonata is classified as a large car by the EPA.

                        2015   2014    2014    2014    2014    2014    2014

                        Sonata Camry   Accord  Altima  Fusion  Malibu  Passat
Passenger volume (cu.   106.1  102.7   103.2   101.9   102.8   100.0   102.0
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)  16.3   15.4    15.8    15.4    16.0    16.3    15.9
Total Interior Vol (cu. 122.4  118.1   119.0   117.3   118.8   116.3   117.9
EPA Size Classification Large  Midsize Midsize Midsize Midsize Midsize Midsize

A rigid platform is essential for a great car. Everything from ride quality to
crash test performance is enhanced with a stiffer platform. The 2015 Sonata
uses advanced high-strength steel for more than 50 percent of total platform
composition, which results in 41 percent stiffer torsional rigidity and 35
percent greater bending strength. Advanced high strength steel is twice as
rigid as traditional steel while weighing 10 percent less. More hot-stamped
components are used, especially in the B-pillar area.

A revised multilink rear suspension design enhances responsiveness, handling
and stability while reducing impact harshness. Dual lower suspension arms
replace the old single-arm design and distribute lateral forces more
effectively to improve ride quality without sacrificing handling. The new rear
suspension geometry helps keep Sonata more stable under hard braking and helps
provide shorter stopping distances.

Reinforced side and cross members strengthen sub-frame mounting points and
improve suspension responsiveness. Revised front sub-frame bushings are 17
percent stiffer than before and contribute to better steering feel and
improved responsiveness. 2015 Sonata Sport 2.0T utilizes a new rack-mounted
dual-pinion electric power steering system that offers more natural steering
feel. Sport 2.0T models receive a unique sport-tuned suspension and larger
12.6-inch front brakes. These upgrades deliver increased driver confidence and
a premium driving experience.

Improvements in ride and handling were validated at Hyundai's world-class
facilities in Namyang, the Mojave proving grounds in California and the new
test center located at the famed Nurburgring. Validating the 2015 Sonata's
performance at world-class test tracks resulted in a world-class mid-size
sedan that inspires confidence in a wide variety of driving conditions.

Hyundai continues its all four-cylinder engine lineup for the 2015 Sonata. A
revised 2.4-liter Theta II GDI four-cylinder engine powers SE, Limited and
Sport models. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb.
ft. of torque. Hyundai's powertrain engineers slightly reduced peak power for
the 2015 Sonata to shift the powerband downward for better responsiveness in
lower-RPM situations where customers spend the majority of their time. The new
Electronic Intake Continuously Variable Valve Timing (E-CVVT) improves
performance in low temperatures and reduces emissions.

A revised 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI, also featuring E-CVVT, powers
Sport 2.0T models. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is also optimized for
lower-RPM drivability and it produces 245 horsepower and 260 lb. ft. of
torque. The turbocharger features a smaller turbine and compressor wheel,
which provide better responsiveness and more torque in the low and mid RPM
range. Both Theta engines are paired with a six-speed SHIFTRONIC® automatic

Sonata comes standard with seven airbags, including a new driver's knee airbag
designed to help prevent the driver from sliding down the seat in a collision,
which allows the other restraint systems to be more effective. Electronic
Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a
Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display are also
standard. Projector headlamps are standard while HID headlamps are available.

Hyundai engineers implemented many active safety technologies for the 2015
Sonata to assist drivers and help prevent accidents. No longer reserved for
luxury cars, advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning,
Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Lane Departure Warning
System are all available in this midsize sedan.

Sonata's advanced Blind Spot Detection system is designed to alert drivers of
an approaching vehicle in the next lane if the turn signal is activated. This
Lane Change Assist technology is a segment-exclusive active safety feature.
Drivers are first alerted of a vehicle in the blind spot by warning lights in
the side mirrors. When the turn signal is activated, the Lane Change Assist
system determines the closing speed of any vehicle in the adjacent lane to
determine if the lane change is safe. If the system determines the vehicle in
the other lane is closing too quickly, it sounds an audible alarm to warn the
driver that the lane change is unsafe. The Lane Departure Warning System uses
a forward-facing camera to recognize lane markers. If the system detects the
vehicle is headed outside the lane markers, a warning light on the dashboard
illuminates and an audible sound alerts the driver.

Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) is another feature derived from the 2015
Sonata's advanced Blind Spot Detection system. RCTA scans the areas to each
side of the 2015 Sonata when drivers are backing out of parking spaces. If the
system detects another vehicle is approaching from the side, the Sonata driver
is given an audible alert. This system is another tool that helps Sonata
drivers utilize the active safety technology.

The 2015 Sonata embodies Hyundai's Modern Premium brand direction by providing
convenient technology formerly reserved for luxury sedans in the mid-size
segment without the premium price tag. Switching the high beams on and off
manually doesn't seem like a hassle, but Sonata's High Beam Assist allows the
driver to keep their eyes on the road and let the headlamps deliver maximum
visibility without accidentally blinding oncoming traffic. Bright LED daytime
running lights give the 2015 Sonata's face a premium look. Smart Cruise
Control (SCC) with full stop capability helps make driving on the freeway less
stressful. This system allows full function down to zero mph to operate
seamlessly using the front-grille-mounted radar sensor. SCC enables the 2015
Sonata to help maintain safer, consistent spacing with the vehicle ahead in
varied traffic conditions.

Smart trunk gives drivers a convenient hands-free way to open the trunk while
keeping both feet firmly planted on the ground. The owner simply needs to
approach the Sonata's trunk with the key fob in a purse or pocket and wait
three seconds. The trunk will automatically open, making it easy to place
groceries or luggage inside when hands are full. Rear seat passengers are
treated to segment-exclusive sunshades, an option typically found on luxury
cars. Feedback from current Sonata owners resulted in a height-adjustable
passenger seat and now both front seats can be heated and ventilated. Even
rear-seat passengers enjoy the luxury of heated seats on a cold day. A heated
steering wheel will be a favorite feature for owners of the 2015 Sonata
Limited equipped with the Tech package. The desire to deliver class-above
value allows these convenient technologies to trickle down from the all-new
Genesis to the all-new Sonata making it the most sophisticated mid-size sedan

All 2015 Sonatas come standard with iPod^®/USB and auxiliary input jacks,
SiriusXM^® satellite radio and Bluetooth^® phone connectivity with phonebook
transfer and voice-recognition. Available upgrades include an 8.0-inch
navigation system with downloadable apps, HD radio, Dimension or 400-watt
Infinity premium audio systems withnext-generation Blue Link^® telematics.

Hyundai's 8.0-inch navigation system offers an enhanced display with improved
touch sensitivity, a map and music split screen display and the ability to
record SiriusXM presets 1-6. Switching to a preset station in the middle of
your favorite song won't be an annoyance any longer. Rewind up to 22 minutes
to listen to the full song or catch up on a sports broadcast. SiriusXM Travel
Link^® provides access to traffic information, sports scores, weather, stock
prices, fuel prices and local movie times. All 2015 Sonatas equipped with
navigation will also support Pandora^® and SoundHound applications as well as
"Eyes Free" Siri integration, which allows drivers to perform a variety of
functions without taking their eyes off the road. Apple CarPlay will take
iPhone integration to the next level on the 2015 Sonata later this year.

2015 Sonata will be the second Hyundai vehicle to offer the next-generation
Blue Link system. The debut of the all-new Sonata coincides with the launch of
a new Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app.


  oDestination Search powered by Google– users will be able to take
    advantage of Google's powerful destination search via the Blue Link button
    (voice recognition) and navigation display, or throughmyhyundai.comand
    the Blue Link mobile app sending a destination to their 2015 Sonata
  oRemote Start – now includes a timer (from 1 to 10 min.), remote stop,
    remote climate control and remote defroster available via the mobile app
  oHyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app – gives owners another
    convenient option for scheduling service at their favorite dealership

The Blue Link in-vehicle car care app will be available for download onto the
head unit screen of 2015 Sonatas equipped with navigation. The in-vehicle app
will have similar features to the Hyundai Assurance Car Care mobile app and
gives 2015 Sonata owners another convenient option for scheduling service at
their favorite dealership. Features include:

  oCar care services

       oService scheduling
       oMaintenance information
       oWarranty information
       oWarnings and indicators guide

  oOwner's manual information
  oQuick reference guides
  oDealer locator
  oRoadside assistance
  oBlue Link information

Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless
connectivity for safety, car care and infotainment capabilities and is offered
in three packages: Assurance, Remote and Guidance. More details regarding
Hyundai Blue Link are available at

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subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed
throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and
serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles
sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes
the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty,
Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of
complimentary Roadside Assistance. These services include Automatic Collision
Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly
Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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