South Korean auto makers Hyundai will be releasing the seventh generation of the ‘Sonata’, their flagship product, in India early next year. The car was given its official release in South Korea few months ago. In India, the outgoing sixth generation was sold from 2012. The car was praised for its ‘fluidic sculpture’ looks, good tech features and a powerful engine. But the latest generation of Hyundai Sonata promises to be more refined and mature in style and more features heavy than its predecessor.
While the previous generation ‘Sonata’ was great looking, it had some overflowing bodylines which would not appeal to some up-market buyers. With the seventh generation, the styling has been massively revised. It is based on the Hyundai’s design philosophy of evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and the lines are now under control. There is a new trapezoidal grille and sweptback headlights on the front and a new bumper with integrated LED DRL’s. The rear has been kept simple with clean tapered lines and premium looking tail lights. The roofline has been designed to make the 2015 Sonata a bit sportier than before. 51 percent of the body is constructed from high strength steel, making the car lighter than before.The interior layout has a touch of sophistication and the cabin is packed with features. The steering wheel is multi functional and other notable features include 8-inch touch screen display for infotainment, Bluetooth, USB, AUX and Smartphone connectivity, voice recognition etc.
As of now, no major change in the engine department has been made. The ‘2015 Hyundai Sonata’ will come fitted with 4-cylinder 2.4 liter GDI engine that can produce 201 PS of power and torque of 250 Nm. It is mated to 6-speed manual or SHIFTRONIC auto transmission. Reports also suggest that Hyundai may launch a CRDi diesel engine next year along with the car.