Revealing slightly different styling to the Korean model, today's unveiling showcases the 183kW 'Sport 2.0' turbo - a 2.0 litre version - for the first time; a model (or at least an engine) that is under consideration for Australia.
The new Sonata will make its way to Australia later this year, with Hyundai still to decide if the new model will replace the long-departed i45 only, or eliminate the need for the current i40 as well.
It is likely Australia's Sonata will carry the styling of the Korean model, but Hyundai's local arm has also confirmed that the turbo and 2.4 litre engines from the US are under consideration for our market.
The 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 183kW and 353Nm in US spec, while the 2.4 litre naturally aspirated unit is good for 138kW and 241Nm.
Both 2.0 litre turbo and 2.4 litre engines are matched exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission in the US, and a hybrid option is scheduled to join the range at a later date.
Exterior styling for the turbo model features chrome highlights, LED strips on the front bumper and quad exhaust outlets.
Inside, the top-shelf model in the US gets a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Smart Cruise Control with full-stop capability, premium audio system, an eight-inch touch screen and a digital radio.
Hyundai’s new evaluation centre at the Nurburgring was also called upon to develop the Sonata, which the Korean carmaker says has 41 percent stronger torsional rigidity and 35 percent greater bending strength than the outgoing model.
The Australian launch of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata isn’t far away, so expect the local line-up, engine specifications and pricing to be finalised soon.