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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets a Possible Mileage Increase; Plug-in Is Just Happy for the New Face

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Maintain on a minute, you’re considering — you’re fairly positive you’ve seen this vehicle earlier than. Sure, you’ve, as the typical fuel-powered 2018 Hyundai Sonata went on sale final summer time with a revamped face, tail, and various different goodies.

What didn’t launch alongside the refreshed midsize sedan was its hybrid and plug-in hybrid siblings, which soldiered on with a 2017 face till simply now. At the Chicago Auto Present Thursday, Hyundai had the distinct pleasure of pulling the wraps off a physique already acquainted to the shopping for public, simply with totally different internals. Don’t fear, although, there’s nonetheless one thing new to speak about.

In addition to the fashions’ up to date visage, now virtually utterly in keeping with the inner combustion Sonatas (discover an additional LED strip under the stacked operating lights), the hybrid mannequin sees a bump in fuel financial system. That’s, assuming the EPA agrees with Hyundai’s estimates.

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Powertrain particulars stay the similar as earlier than, with a 2.zero-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder mating to a 38 kW electric motor the place one would usually discover the torque converter. Hyundai inventively calls this the Transmission-Mounted Electrical System (TMED). The unit, which includes a clutch, provides drivers the capability to succeed in speeds of seventy five miles per hour beneath electric energy alone. As earlier than, six-velocity automated governs the entire works.

With juice offered by a 1.seventy six kWh lithium-ion battery situated beneath the trunk flooring, complete output from each gasoline and electric motors quantities to 193 horsepower. Regardless of the exterior modifications, the fashions’ coefficient of drag stays the similar slippery zero.24 (versus the fuel-powered sedan’s zero.27). Nonetheless, Hyundai anticipates a mileage improve from 2017’s 38 mpg metropolis/forty three freeway/forty mixed — early estimates peg the 2018 mannequin at 39 mpg metropolis/forty five freeway/forty two mixed.

Sonata Hybrids ought to roll onto vendor tons earlier than the finish of this quarter.

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Plug-in variants carry the similar specifications as the earlier mannequin yr, providing as much as 27 miles of all-electric driving range. On this mannequin, the battery grows to 9.eight kWh, with the bigger 50 kW electric motor bringing complete system output to 202 horsepower.

The plug-in mannequin trails its hybrid sibling in the race to dealerships, arriving someday in the second quarter of 2018.

No matter which inexperienced Sonata you purchase, Hyundai’s throwing in three years of complimentary Blue Hyperlink related car providers. This feature, showing final yr, permits house owners to maintain tabs on their vehicle and situation distant instructions like “engine begin” by way of a smartphone app, or via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Plug-in Hybrid house owners can use the app to program a charging schedule for their car — a cash-saving feature, assuming your native electrical energy supplier makes use of time-of-use billing.

Apart from the new seems to be and suspension upgrades bestowed upon their hydrocarbon-loving stablemates, these fuel-sipping sedans additionally achieve new driver-help features. Blind-spot detection, rear cross-visitors alert, and lane change help come standard, however you’ll shell out additional coin for automated emergency braking.

Pricing stays a query mark, however we don’t anticipate a drastic improve in MSRP from the 2017 fashions. Hyundai faces loads of competitors on this phase, and the public’s declining curiosity in passenger automobiles means worth needs to be a part of the automaker’s technique.

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