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2015 Hyundai Sonata Refreshed

Revealed at this year’s New York Auto Show, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata isn’t a completely new car, but a refresh of an already successful model offering. When it was unveiled, it wasn’t really a surprise. The Korean-market Sonata bowed a month earlier than the North American version.

Exterior changes include LED daytime running lights and taillights, and chrome strips running lengthwise along the body of the new Sonata. Unlike the previous generation Sonata that was bold and stood out from the family sedan crowd, the new treatments actually make it blend in now that the competition has caught on to the Sonata’s game.

Inside the new Hyundai Sonata you can see there are some carryover interior trim pieces, but is almost entirely new. The center stack has been stolen from the same design as the one found in the 2015 Genesis sedan. There is also a sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel as well as contrasting orange piping on black seats.

Hyundai says there will also be an increase in handling capabilities. The Sonata spent time at the Nürburgring. With the stiffer body structure and enhancements to interior sound deadening, Hyundai said the cabin is quieter than the outgoing model.

Carryover items from the old to the new Sonata include the Sonata’s current offering of four-cylinder engines. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard fare, producing a modest 185 horsepower. There is also the return of the powerful and punchy turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This mill produces an astonishing 274 horsepower. The only confirmed transmission for the Sonata is six-speed automatics for both engine offerings. There doesn’t appear to be  a manual transmission offering, as the six-speed manual found on the base model was dropped in 2013.

Like most cars today, expect a slew of safety gadgets to make it into the new Sonata, with most of them being optional on the higher-trimmed models. Most of the techno goodies come from the Sonata’s bigger, more luxurious sibling—the Genesis. What also finds its way into the Sonata is the Genesis’ proximity key-assisted automatic trunk opener. It’s not clear if this will be a standard or optional feature.

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