Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the best of both worlds – performance and fuel efficiency. Hyundai has already achieved new standards of efficiency in the existing model and now the company is striving for more in its upcoming 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Like the current model, the next-generation Sonata Hybrid is using the innovative GDi Hybrid-only technology. Although this new model is to come as a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), it will offer both EV and HEV modes for a versatile driving experience.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Exterior Changes
The exterior design of Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is just as sophisticated as a typical world class sedan. As the current generation model already sports radical improvements, this upcoming 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is suspected of wearing subtle exterior changes.
Hyundai will roll out this car with redesigned headlights. These come with LED daytime running lights at the lowermost section and integrate bi-functional HID projectors. The grille along with lower air intakes are expected to wear a new stylistic chrome accent. The overall dimensions are supposed to remain the same with measurements going as:
- Length – 4,855 mm
- Height – 1,475 mm
- Width – 1,865 mm
- Wheelbase – 2,805 mm
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is retaining its 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R17 tires. Expect the rear fascia to come almost unchanged. However, a few simple modifications in taillight cluster is high on speculations.
The comfort and convenience of interior cabin make the most out of hybrid technology driving experience. For Hyundai’s 2018 year model, the integrated driving mode system will feature LED lighting. The previously used 8-inch smart navigation system will support Blue Link v2.0.
There’s a 4.2-inch display in the driver’s gauge cluster aesthetically placed behind the steering wheel. Front seats will integrate heating function, power reclining and leather upholstery.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is using the same Nu 2.0 GDi engine and a 50 kW (67 HP) permanent magnet high-power synchronous motor. The GDi hybrid-only engine will produce outputs of more than 153 HP at 6,000 RPM and 258 lb-ft of torque. Similarly, the synchronous motor will produce nearly 151 lb-ft torque at 2,300 RPM.
The motor also uses a 9.8 kWh battery unit that capable of delivering a drive range of more than 44 km (27 miles). In terms of fuel economy, expect the combined rating to stay around 44 mpg.
Like all Hyundai Sonata model, 2018 Hybrid variant is offering a myriad of standard safety technology. Some of this include:
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Keeping Aid
- Electronic Vehicle Stability Control
- Real-time Driver Information
- Safety Locks
- Parking Sensors
Price and Release Date
To go with speculations, 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid can come with a starting price of around $33,049 (£26,700). Customers are likely to see this new Sonata Hybrid’s launch during the 1st half of 2018.