Friday, December 19, 2014
Hyundai Philippines Launches 2015 Sonata (w/ Brochure)
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai in the Philippines, used its festive Christmas Party to unveil the all-new seventh generation Sonata executive sedan to the media, dealers, and VIP guests. The all-new Sonata builds on the global success of its most immediate predecessor and is poised to set new standards in luxury, quality, and refinement. The all-new Sonata is built with four innovations in mind: Run, Stop, Versatility, Protect (RSVP) and the entire car is built to encapsulate those four elements.
Compared to the previous model, the all-new Sonata is larger in most aspects. It grows longer by 35 mm, wider by 30 mm, and taller by 10 mm; the wheelbase has been stretched by 10 mm as well. The enlarged dimensions and refined packaging equates to even more interior room. In fact, it’s been classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a large car in terms of space compared to its mid-sized competitors.
Powering the Sonata is the formidable yet familiar 2.4-liter Theta-II engine with dual continuous variable valve timing or D-CVVT. It generates a healthy 178 horsepower and 228 Nm of torque. Like before, this engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. While the 2015 Sonata may not sport higher power figures than before, it does boast of a flat underbody to improve aerodynamic efficiency and stability. In addition, it uses Advanced High Strength Steel or AHSS which is twice as strong as ordinary steel but is lighter in weight. Improving the handling are revised front MacPherson Struts and a new Dual Multi-Link rear suspension with optimized wheel geometry.
Inside, the Sonata features a horizontally laid out control scheme that’s been carefully designed for ease of use. For instance, the steering wheel took 16 months to design to ensure a comfortable, yet optimal grip. The seats, particularly the driver’s, are a product of extensive study on body pressure distribution to give it unparalleled long-distance touring comfort. The larger Sonata also boasts of luxury features such as a push button engine start/stop with Smart Trunk opening, Bluetooth hands-free and a panoramic sunroof.
The 2015 Sonata also boasts of a complete array of safety equipment with Blind Spot Detection System (BSD) making its debut. It also comes with front and rear parking sensors, a 4.3-inch LED display with rear view camera, 6 airbags, and Electronic Stability Control with Hill-start Assist.
Backing up HARI’s claim of the Sonata being a game-changer, they’ve recently announced that it’s backed by the country’s longest warranty: an 8-year, 160,000-kilometer warranty. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata comes in four colors: Ice White, Polished Metal, Phantom Black, and Aquamarine. There are two variants: the 2.4 GLS pegged at P 1,698,000 and the 2.4 Premium at P 1,898,000.