The Hyundai Sonata Eco announced for 2015, offers 32 mpg combined

Hyundai is on the brink of launching the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata and as a result, the brand announced that the Eco model will be launching for the 2015 year next to the other lineup stablemates

The Sonata was first revealed at the New York Auto Show a few months back, sporting the same base and Turbo trims based on engine choice. The base engine is a carryover item from last year, a naturally aspirated 2.4L GDI Theta inline-four good for 185hp, while the Turbo model still utilizes the same 2.0L turbocharged GDI Theta four, though it’s been reworked to offer 245hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, versus last year’s 274hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic.

Now, the Eco model utilizes a new turbocharged 1.6L Theta GDI four-banger good for 177hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The new Sonata Eco also receives the brand’s latest seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, making it the only car in its class to offer one. Additionally, thanks to the new changes, the Sonata Eco is said to deliver an estimated 28 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with a combined rating of 32 mpg.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

2015 SONATA ECO DELIVERS ESTIMATED 32 MPG COMBINED FUEL ECONOMY AND PREMIUM DRIVING EXPERIENCE

New 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission Paired With 1.6-liter Turbo Four Maximizes Efficiency, Fun

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 19, 2014 – Hyundai today announced the third powertrain available in the 2015 Sonata. The 2015 Sonata Eco is expected to deliver 32 mpg combined fuel economy, will start at $23,275, excluding $810 freight charge, and go into production at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant later this summer.

“Sonata Eco enhances the sophisticated design and confidence-inspiring driving dynamics of the 2015 Sonata with even more impressive fuel economy,” said John Shon, manager, product planning. “This innovative powertrain improves fuel efficiency without sacrificing the driving experience.”

The 2015 Sonata Eco is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder engine producing an estimated 177 horsepower and 195 lb. ft. of torque. Sonata Eco is the first Hyundai product to utilize a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which no other mid-size sedan offers. This innovative powertrain helps Sonata Eco deliver an estimated 28 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. The estimated 32 mpg combined rating is more than a 10 percent improvement over a 2015 Sonata SE powered by the 2.4-liter Theta II engine.

2015 Sonata Eco comes standard with all the features of Sonata SE plus a chrome grille, side mirror-mounted turn signal indicators, automatic headlights, a 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support, stitching on the instrument cluster hood, chrome interior door handles, 5-inch color touchscreen audio, a rearview backup camera and Blue Link® telematics system.

The only available option is the $4,100 Technology Package that includes:

  • Blind Spot Detection System (BSD) with Rear-cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • Chrome exterior door handles with welcome light
  • Hands-free Smart Trunk Auto Open
  • Proximity key entry with push-button start
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual automatic temperature control
  • 4.2-inch color LCD Multi-Info Display
  • 8-inch navigation system featuring voice command technology, HD Radio Technology, improved touch sensitivity, navigation and map split display, navigation with junction view lane guidance, Apple Eyes Free Siri integration, Wi-Fi client for downloading apps
  • Dimension premium audio
  • SiriusXM Travel Link®, which provides access to traffic information, sports scores, weather, stock prices, fuel prices and local movie times, with 3-month complimentary subscription.
  • Auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink and compass
  • Auto up/down front passenger window

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Assurance Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

Chris Chin

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