With just two weeks before Christmas, car enthusiasts in the country got a pleasant surprise when Santa unloaded his bag of gifts early with the unveiling of the all-new Sonata, Hyundai’s mid-sized luxury sedan. Hyundai Asia Resources, Incorporated (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines announced the introduction of the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata in the market, further cementing its mark in the performance-focused mid-size sedan category.
The seventh-generation Sonata is luxury redefined, poised to set a new trend in global quality and an epitome of integrity with its four core innovations, labeled as RSVP—Run, Stop, Versatility, Protect; features that embody strength from within and beauty from without.
With passenger space given top design priority, the seventh-generation Sonata now has a significantly bigger body than the previous model, measuring 35 millimeters longer and 30 mm wider. It is slightly taller by 10 mm, and has a longer wheelbase by 10 mm. The all-new 2015 Sonata is the only car classified as a “large car” in terms of interior space compared to its mid-size competitors, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Sonata’s power plant is as capable as ever. With a Theta II 2.4L MPI DOHC D-CVVT engine underneath its hood, power is not a question with the 2015 Sonata. The engine sports a maximum power of 178 ps while remaining quiet and responsive. Yes, the engine is silent, yet, it delivers 23.3 kg-m of maximum torque at 4,000 rpm. Giving the Sonata more flexibility and fuel-efficiency, a 6-speed automatic transmission is now mated with the Sonata to help drivers achieve precise and smoother shifts.
With Hyundai’s new fluidic sculpture 2.0, the Sonata’s body has been engineered to look good and perform even better. Its new shape—lowered hood tip and flat underbody—reduces wind drag and keeps a firm grip on the road, further improving fuel efficiency, and stability, and provides smoother handling.
The all-new 2015 Sonata lives out luxury with a purpose through it sporty steering wheel. Now one centimeter thinner, the steering wheel has varying widths and features a larger thumb rest to optimize driver grip and comfort. Also solidifying that sporty feel are the new 18-inch alloy wheels, which provide the ultimate road looks, rotation balance and, of course, performance with a new tread design.
For long trips, drivers can switch to auto cruise control to set and maintain their desired speed, relax their feet, and save fuel in the process.
Taking common safety standards up a notch, the 2015 Sonata was built and designed with the view to keeping drivers and passengers safe. One of the new Sonata’s premium safety features is the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which senses steering wheel movement and applies braking to each wheel independently and so prevents skidding even during sudden stops and turns.
The MacPherson strut front suspension was improved to increase bearing strength, thus becoming more stable when braking and allows for more responsive steering. At the rear, the all-new 2015 Sonata has a lowered dual multi-link suspension, which optimizes the rear wheel geometry and contributes to the stability in high-speed driving and cornering.
A key feature of the all-new Sonata is the Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC). The system engages the brakes and prevents rollback while one is in an incline. The HAC then automatically disengages the brakes when the drivers accelerates.
For added convenience, the Sonata now has an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) that allows drivers to easily enable and disable the parking brakes with just a flick of a switch.
A car, no matter how powerful or gorgeous it is, is only as good as the comfort of its drive. This is why Hyundai designed the Sonata with the interaction of man and machine in mind.
The Sonata sports an innovative driver seat, which is the result of numerous studies in body pressure distribution. Only the best materials were used in making these seats. The leaning area is soft, while the side supports were given more depth to create a snug feel when seated. The base of the seat also got a denser pad, and the backrest is kept firm to support proper posture.
The horizontal dashboard and center fascia layout are driver-friendly. Switches, controls, and screens are ergonomically designed with the T-shaped layout within comfortable reach of the hand and easy view of the eye.
The Sonata’s cabin received improved interior acoustics and a more refined body structure. The Sonata feels more luxurious by providing passengers the ultimate comfort through Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) enhancements.
The panoramic sunroof and expansive cabin amplifies the elegance of the Sonata. Completing the premium feel is the Sonata’s ‘Smart Key’ and ‘Smart Trunk’ system. Should you find yourself with an armful of packages, just stand near the trunk with the smart key for three seconds and the proximity sensor detects the signal causing the trunk to open automatically.
Another thoughtful convenience in the all-new Sonata are the side mirrors with puddle lamps to light the way for passengers as they get in or out the car. Finally, one can connect to the Sonata’s entertainment system via Bluetooth to enjoy hand-free calls or enjoy music from any mobile device.
With Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS), which is twice as strong as ordinary steel, the Sonata’s bending and twisting strength has been reinforced up to 35% and 41%, respectively, compared to the previous model. This is due to Hyundai’s delivering end-to-end engineering by producing its own steel for its own cars to give customers added confidence.
Focusing on safety standards, the all-new Sonata has a Blind Spot Detection System (BSD) which uses advanced sonar sensors to alert drivers on vehicles that are approaching from spots that are hard to see. It is also equipped with Front and Rear Parking Sensors and a 4.3-inch LED Display with Rear View Camera to help make parking a breeze, even in tight spaces.
The Sonata, of course, is generous with airbags. Aside from ‘front airbags’ for the driver and front seat passenger, there are also ‘front side airbags’ that help protect the chest and pelvis. And rear passengers need not worry, as the Sonata has the ‘front and rear curtain airbags’ which boosts protection in case of a side collision.
The all-new 2015 Sonata comes in these stylish and confident colors– Ice White, Polished Metal, Phantom Black, and Aquamarine.