- The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan was revealed on Sunday in Seoul, with the emphasis on premium features and a more sophisticated look.
- The new Sonata is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model.
- Premium features include rear-parking sensors, a hands-free "smart trunk" and heated leather seats.
SEOUL, South Korea — The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan was revealed on Sunday in Seoul, with the emphasis on premium features and a more sophisticated look.
The new Sonata is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model with an increase in cabin space.
Premium features include rear-parking sensors, a hands-free "smart trunk" and heated leather seats.
U.S. specifications for the redesigned Sonata were not spelled out at this point and Hyundai was quick to point out that details will vary by region. The 2015 Sonata will debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show in April.
"The all-new Sonata represents the practical application of premium Hyundai Motor technologies first introduced in the (2015 Hyundai) Genesis," the automaker said in a statement.
It added: "We are confident that the all-new Sonata will change the landscape of the global midsize sedan market."
Hyundai said it was aiming at a "refined, premium style" with the redesign.
Underpinning the redesigned Sonata is a modified version of the front-wheel-drive platform of the 2014 Sonata. Structural rigidity has been improved and the suspension has been tuned for a sportier feel. New active safety features include blind-spot detection, a lane-departure warning system and advanced cruise control.
"Advanced multimedia systems and next-generation infotainment equipment are also fitted to the Sonata," Hyundai said.
Sonata testing took place at Germany's Nurburgring and at the Mojave Proving Ground in California in order to "satisfy the diverse needs of its global audience."
While the engine and transmission options for the U.S. are unclear, Hyundai is promising consumers a "wide range" of choices.
Edmunds says: U.S. consumers will have to wait a few more weeks to get all the details about the U.S.-bound version of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.