Facelifted 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid To Bow In Chicago

The Chicago Auto Show kicks off later this week and Hyundai will use the event to introduce the updated Sonata Hybrid.

Set to debut on November 8th, the facelifted model will follow in the footsteps of the mainstream sedan which was unveiled at the New York Auto Show last year.

Hyundai is keeping details under wraps but the regular Sonata was equipped with a sportier front fascia and a larger grille. The car also had new taillights, restyled wheels, and a rear Hyundai badge that doubled as a trunk release button.

The interior will likely have a new three-spoke steering wheel and a revised instrument cluster. We can also expect an updated infotainment system with an improved navigation function.

Speaking of technology, the Sonata Hybrid will likely come standard with Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. There should also be a new Lane Departure Warning system and an improved Lane Keep Assist function.

On the handling front, drivers can look forward to a retuned suspension with new bushings, thicker trailing arms, and a stiffer torsion bar.

There’s no word on powertrain updates but the current model has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 270-volt lithium-ion battery. This enables the sedan to produce a combined maximum output of 193 hp (143 kW). In terms of efficiency, the car can return up to 39 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, and 42 mpg combined.

Besides unveiling the Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai will announce a new motorsports program and provide an update on their Shopper Assurance program which was introduced last year.

Note: 2018 Hyundai Sonata pictured

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  • Dennis Scipio

    So far this Chicago Auto Show hasn’t even started and it’s been mostly weak when it comes to New/Facelifted Car Reveals.

    • Nordschleife

      They no longer give Chicago the kudos it deserves.

  • salamOOn

    VERY nice interior

  • JOINING THE LEGION OF CARS WITH OVER DONE FRONT ENDS.

  • C172fccc

    I was not aware that it wasn’t revealed already as I remember seeing it at the Montreal Autoshow.

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