Every debut at the New York Auto Show hopes to break through the clutter of lookalike new models. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata succeeds, unusually, with an emphasis on substance beyond style.
The seventh-generation Sonata makes a quieter, more dignified entrance than its upstart 2010 predecessor with the flashy flowing lines that made competitors like Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion seem dull by comparison. It continues on sale today as a 2014 model.
When the new Sonata reaches dealerships in July, test drivers will feel the difference. Looks? The lines are tauter, "the beltline is stretched tight," as chief designer Christopher Chapman put it. What's below the surface is of more significance.
High strength steel accounts for 51 per cent of the structure, an increase of 30 per cent. Drivers will feel the difference in road-holding, solidity, and road noise, Hyundai's presenters claimed. The stiffer structure allows suspension tuning that produces a more planted stance and steering with more feedback. A Sport model with more of the above will be introduced somewhat later.
Challenging Fusion as the segment top-seller in Canada, or Camry as best-selling car in the United States, is not the goal, said Hyundai Canada's Don Romano, president and CEO beginning May 1. "We expect an increase in numbers, yes, but increasing awareness, building Hyundai's name, means more."
Emerging from the clutter was the end game of every unveiling in the first of two press days preceding the April 18-27 show.
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