The facelifted Hyundai Sonata luxury sedan is just around the bend what with a 24th March unveil for the car in Hyundai’s home market of South Korea. Next month, the Sonata Facelift will grace the New York Motor Show. The car is likely to arrive in India early next year as a replacement to the pre-facelift version, which has been on sale here since 2011. The facelifted Sonata comes with completely revised looks, with the car’s latest design deriving inspiration from the Hyundai’s ultra luxe Genesis range.
While the 2015 Sonata Facelift looks sharper than ever before, things get a little uninspiring under the hood. Leaked service details of the car indicate that the 2.4 liter-4 cylinder Gas Direct Injection (GDI) petrol engine will continue to be offered on the Sonata Facelift, as is the case currently. All talk of a new 1.6 liter turbo petrol engine hasn’t seem to materialize into anything concrete. The South Korean market will get an additional engine option in the form of the 2 liter petrol engine that will be offered with an LPG option.
Interestingly, the turbo rumours continue to be spun with the latest buzz suggesting a 2 liter-274 Bhp turbo petrol motor mated to a 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox making its debut sometime later. As the 2015 Sonata Facelift is based on the outgoing model’s platform, accommodating a turbo diesel engine doesn’t seem to be the priority as the Indian market, a diesel happy car market, isn’t large enough for major re-engineering to accommodate an oil burner option under the hood.
With no turbo diesel engine in sight, the 2015 Sonata Facelift is likely to continue as a low selling flagship Hyundai sedan in the Indian market. On the inside, the 2015 Sonata will become more luxurious than ever with an array of creature comforts. Redesigned interiors, new seats and a new infotainment console are a few changes that Hyundai has promised with the teaser of the 2015 Sonata. The touch and feel aspect of the interiors are also said to be improved on the facelifted Sonata.