With the imminent launch of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the South Korean powerhouse hopes to bring back Sonata to its former glory, matching steps with the present vogue of eco-friendly hybrid configuration for sedans. What this new 7th generation Sonata could offer will be interesting to note for critics and rivals alike, including Sonata’s main rival through recent years, the Chevrolet Malibu. The Hyundai Sonata has been a sought after sedan, since 1985. Down the years, there have been ups and downs, but on the whole, it has managed to give stiff competition to all rivals within its price range.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Beautiful Appearance
Not a lot of distinct changes would be found with the chassis frame of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The new model will definitely be wider, have a smoother, more slippery form, with minimal lines and bends across the otherwise monolithic structure. However, a smart, slim trapezoidal grille is flanked by a pair of hawkish bi-Xenon headlights on its either side. The wide razor thin plate that cuts into sporty cube intakes on the sides host a pair of fog lamps and a narrow strip of daytime running LEDs along the rim, below the grille. This replaces the conventional bumper and has a small mesh grille beneath it to add to its sportiness. The rear end is low, practical, smoothened, with an attractive pair of LED taillights that accentuate its sleekness.
Interior and Tech
The interior setup should come with some drastic changes from the last edition which was lacking in intuitive, intelligent technology for utility and convenience. The dashboard in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will come with a clean, organized setup with minimum buttons. The touchscreen infotainment display panel will feature advanced navigation, media apps, satellite, internet radio, traction control and stability.
The active cruise control, rear view, parking assist camera feed, and also social networking apps are features included in the package. A driver-centric steering cluster will provide driving ease and comfort, apart from premium leather upholstery for the 5-way adjustable seats. The center console extends a tray with cup holders and a close-lid ashtray. Below the infotainment panel is a dedicated media player with DVD changer, USB, AUX and also iPod connectivity.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid include a 2.0-liter inline-4 paired with the electric motor (Hybrid). However, this engine will have an output of 193 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The 34 kW electric motor is capable of producing 51 horsepower at 1,770-2,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rating in the city/highway is 38/43 mpg (Hybrid), 39/45 mpg (Hybrid SE). The other options will be 2.0-liter inline-4 with the electric motor (Plug-in Hybrid). This engine will produce 202 net horsepower. Furthermore, the EPA fuel economy for this one is 39 mpg (city/highway combined), 99 mpge. The electric-only range is 27 miles.
Debut and Cost
Finally, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid should be available by the end of 2017. The price range will be from $27,000 to 35.500. The main rivals will be Honda Accord Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid.