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.

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