Revamped 2018 Hyundai Sonata Embraces Eco-Friendly Philosophy

Hyundai is using the 2018 Chicago Auto Show as a launching pad for the updated Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions, both of which are scheduled to arrive this year.

The 2018 Sonata Hybrid relies on a 154 HP 2.0-liter petrol engine working alongside a 51 HP (38 kW) electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. Combined power output sits at 193 horses, with Hyundai expecting a total range of 650 miles (1,046 km) with a full tank of petrol.

As for the PHEV model, it operates using a bigger 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery back, which allows for an EPA-estimated all-electric range of 27 miles (43 km). It also has a larger combined power output of 202 HP, thanks to its 67 HP (50 kW) electric motor. The Korean automaker says that the 2018 Sonata PHEV can charge its battery in less than three hours.

On the outside, the 2018 Sonata was thoroughly redesigned, gaining a cascading front grille, new wheels and an overall cleaner shape. Moreover, the cockpit received a new center stack and instrument panel, new three-spoke steering wheel and a standard 7-inch display.

The electrified models get an 8-inch display with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as iPod/USB, SiriusXM and Bluetooth, while a nine-speaker Infinity audio system can be specified as an option.

Safety features include Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Automatic High Beam Assist and a new rear-view camera.

The new Sonata Hybrid will be available in the first quarter of the year, while the PHEV model will take a bit longer to arrive, as Hyundai has stated that sales won’t begin before the second quarter of 2018.

more photos...
  • gor134

    Anyone else think this facelifted models headlights are a bit too big?

Infiniti Drops New Teaser Of Electrified Performance Concept

Infiniti’s new, race car-like electric concept is just a week away from being revealed.

Watching The Evolution Of The Mazda RX-7 Makes Us Yearn For A New One

The Mazda RX-7 evolved considerably over its quarter-century of production, so imagine what a new one would be like.

Bring $800k, Drive Away In Jon Olsson’s Convertible Mercedes G500 4×4²

The premium of this extremely customized Mercedes-Benz G500 is a little excessive.

Lincoln Wants More Standalone Showrooms To Capitalize On New, Exciting Products

Lincoln is getting its dealerships ready for the Nautilus and Aviator.

Who Needs An 800HP Merc Estate? Nobody – And That’s Why We Like It

G-Power has come to the rescue to those who feel a standard E63 S isn’t enough.

Seat’s Cupra Brand Betting Big On Crossovers With First Dedicated Model

After years of sprucing up Seats, the newly emancipated Cupra brand is working on its first dedicated performance model.

Flood Pushes Cars Off Dealership Lot And Straight Into A Bridge

A number of vehicles were damaged including a Jeep Compass and Ram 1500.

2019 Nissan Sentra Gains New Tech And An SV Special Edition

The 2019 Nissan Sentra costs $1,100 more than its predecessor.

The Buyer Of The First Mustang Didn’t Know She Owned The First One, Wanted To Sell It For Scrap

It’s a good thing she didn’t sell it as the Mustang could be worth up to $450,000.

Bridge Collapse In Italy Kills Dozens, Sends Cars Falling 164 Feet

Reports suggest work was being done on bridge at the time of the collapse.