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Hyundai unveils 2018 Sonata Hybrid and PHEV at Chicago Auto Show

Hyundai wanted to ensure that it doesn’t get left out in the hybridized vehicle game in the United States, and it just took the needed steps by unveiling the extensively redesigned 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

The redesigned elements on the new 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Sonata PHEV are meant not just to make them more appealing to customers in the United States, but also to complement and optimize the efficiency of their powertrains.

Both the new Sonata Hybrid and Sonata PHEV are fitted with the South Korean carmaker’s 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine that delivers 154 hp of output and 140 lb- ft. of torque, as coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, as well as an electric motor. However, these Sonata models differ in terms of drivetrain implementation and battery capacity.

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Recently facelifted 2018 Hyundai Sonata comes fresh off the oven

South Korean automaker, Hyundai, is rolling out a rejuvenated D-segment sedan. Hyundai previously produced the Sonata with an extroverted, dramatic imaged but softened the look of the current generation vehicle that was revealed to the public eye 3 years ago. Recently Hyundai reverted back to its extroverted and dramatic outline of the midsized sedan.

The pre-ramped up 2018 Hyundai Sonata was launched last March of this year in its homestead in South Korea. Currently the aesthetically modified Sonata midsized sedan will make its debut this week in North America, specifically participating at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Akin to its Korean counterpart, the newly tweaked 2018 Sonata sports a newly revised front end that highlights the new "cascading" grille and boosted front fasciae fitted with vertical LED running lights.

Hyundai exclaimed that the brand new front end of the vehicle is equipped with vertical side air intakes to provide the car a more planted feel, and its hood revised to make it lower at the front, in which it gives the 4 door sedan a sleeker look. The new "cascading" grille got its influence from the molten steel that is flowing outside of the caldron. However the overall body of the 2018 Sonata did not have a hint of change as it’s still maintaining a sleek, low roofline of the pre-ramped up unit. Another option that the consumer can choose is the Full LED headlamps. The rear part of the sedan is sporting a sharper looking LED taillights, with a lettering that reads "Sonata". Impressively the rear is less cluttered looking than that of its former self.

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New and improved 2018 Hyundai Sonata to grace the 2017 New York Auto Show

Next week, a variety of new and refreshed models will grace the 2017 New York Auto Show. Once again, various automakers will come together to show off their latest products and features. And officials have confirmed that one of those vehicles is none other than Hyundai’s newly refreshed 2018 Sonata midsize sedan.

Not much has been revealed of what is inside the car and what it can do (or achieve), but reports say that the American model has a close resemblance with the newly updated Korean version which made its official debut in South Korea just a few days ago.

If we would base the new look of the American model with the Korean version, then it would also have a redesigned front grille, new LED running lights, redesigned taillights, and a new trunk badge which also functions as its opening handle – a few of the exterior revisions that we will be expecting.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Facelift gets South Korean debut

Hyundai officially debuted the redesigned Sonata in South Korea. This has been a long time coming for auto enthusiasts after having been subjected to a short teaser campaign, spy photos, and a leaked image.

This redesign is said to be advantageous for the midsize sedan as it will now incorporate the brand’s newest design language that was first revealed with the i30 and the Elantra.

Hyundai said that for the South Korean version, all of the trim levels will be fitted with the center console having a 7-inch display as standard on the interior. However, customers will be given the option to have the 8-inch screen, if they so wish. Whether the customer decides to go for the standard trim or the premium one, the infotainment systems for both will be compatible not only with Apple CarPlay but also with Android Auto.

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t seems as if something had flown out of the drawing board. Kind of. Before the Korean carmaker holds its official debut this year, sketches of the updated 2018 Hyundai Sonata have leaked on the Internet. Based on the reports, the teasers first came from Hyundai’s official Facebook page but a recent post from Hyundai-Blog also has the same drawings of the new sedan.

Although it wasn’t the first time that the upcoming model was spied online, the sketches prove to be more revealing as far as the design cues and how the finished product would turn out later on.

If anything, the new updates give the new Sonata a sportier look and it appears to have more of a European flair this time as compared to the current model. At least judging from the overall impression. Thanks to Schreyer’s signature nose grille, the most noticeable changes go to the front end which also includes new headlights and distinctive daytime running lights in LED. Besides these changes, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is expected to come with redesigned cabin with new trims to match as well the latest information and entertainment system.

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The long wait is over for those eager to get their hands on the new MY2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This new offering from the South Korean carmaker is arriving at select dealerships at a starting price of $34,600 – a competitive price tag for a compelling vehicle powered by an alternative powertrain. Meanwhile, the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Limited costs $38,600.

Its plug-in hybrid powertrain is comprised of a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine and a 50kW electric motor. This system features a total output of 202 hp at 6,000, with the Nu engine contributing 154 hp and 140 lb. ft. of torque.

At 50kW of output, the electric motor on the Sonata PHEV is around 32 percent more powerful than the one found on the Sonata Hybrid (38 kW). Sonata PHEV’s electric motor also enables the vehicle to go all-electric at higher engine load and speeds and offers an class-leading 27-mile All-Electric Range (AER).

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The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the first vehicle to feature Google Inc.’s new Android Auto interface. This is a huge achievement for Hyundai, which had worked hard to be the first to offer a system that may be available in countless vehicles in the near future as consumers look for cars that work with their smartphones.

It’s also a tremendous win for Google, which has gotten ahead of rival Apple Inc, which offers CarPlay as the iPhone interface. Hyundai’s senior manager Cason Grover, who works on connected-car technology, is confident that once customers try Android Auto once, they won’t be willing to not have it in their cars again.

As an example, he mentioned that as he entered his car to go to a business trip, Android Auto asked him if his destination is at the airport so that the trip can be set there. The system understood that his flight was leaving within two hours after it accessed his Google calendar. Grover added that it won’t take too long before this system will become “a ubiquitous technology in the industry.”

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The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid wasn’t the only vehicle unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show as the South Korean manufacturer also brought the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. This model uses a downsized 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine that delivers 154 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Moreover, the vehicle carries an electric motor that produces 38 kW (51 hp) and 151 lb-ft of torque, as well as a lithium-polymer battery pack with a capacity of 1.62 kWh, which is located under the trunk floor.

The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 193 hp at 6,000 rpm. Hyundai expects the vehicle to return a fuel economy of 44 mpg on the highway, 39 mpg in the city and 42 mpg combined.

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The 2015 Detroit Auto Show was the place chosen by Hyundai to launch its first plug-in hybrid model, the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This new model uses a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine producing 154 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a 50kW electric motor. The total output delivered by the system is 202 hp at 6,000 rpm.

Moreover, the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) uses a six-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) as well as a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery pack. According to Hyundai, the battery can store enough energy to offer an all-electric range of up to 22 miles.

Sonata PHEV is expected to deliver 93 MPGe combined in EV mode, 38 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined. Charging the battery takes from two and a half hours at 240V Level 2 charging station to five hours using a standard 120V outlet.

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John Pangilinan teamed up with Hyundai and will reveal a custom 2015 Sonata at the 2014 SEMA Show. Dubbed the JP Edition Sonata, the new vehicle combines the high performance aerodynamics with the striking visuals of the LA street art.

As you can see from the photos, the JP Edition Sonata arrives with standard white paintwork and a special black stripe on the middle as well as a blue contour, a new front bumper with integrated front lip spoiler and LED daytime running lights, new side sills and a new set of 19-inch Rays Gram Lights 57Getter wheels painted in black.

The engine was upgraded with a new AEM cold air intake, MagnaFlow exhaust and a Bisimoto Hot Charge Pipe. The interior arrives with Recaro Cross Sportster seats, Bisimoto custom seat brackets, Katzkin leather re-upholstery and an Alpine Electronics System built by BP Autosound.

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Bisimoto and Hyundai joined their forces for a third year and will unveil at the 2014 SEMA Show a special version of the 2015 Sonata. The vehicle is powered by a 2.4-liter “Theta-II” four-cylinder engine in the standard mode but several modifications were brought in order to deliver an impressive 708 hp.

According to the press release, the engine received a new intake gasket, web level 2.4 camshafts, Turbonetics TNX 82/64 turbocharger, Turbonetics wastegate, Deatschwerks 2200cc injectors, Arias forged pistons, R&R steel connecting rods, a blow-off valve, AEM Infiniti 6 ECU, Spearco intercooler, Golden Eagle sleeved block, Griffin radiator, Supertech valvetrain, Vibrant Vanjen clamps and stainless hardware, Magnafuel 750 fuel pump, ARP head studs, Portflow custom headwork, VP E85R fuel, Kinsler fuel filters, PurOl Elite synthetic oils and NGK Iridium spark plugs.

In addition, the custom Sonata received a Bisimoto roll cage, new Progress coil-over suspension and sway bar, Fifteen52 18-inch Tarmac aluminum wheels, ARP wheel studs and Bisimoto-spec Action Ironman Clutch.

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The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2015 Hyundai Sonata a 2014 Top Safety Pick+. Sonata joined the 2015 Genesis in grabbing the highest honor from IIHS, which rates vehicles using several tests moderate overlap front crash, small overlap front crash, side impact and rollover tests.

The institute also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impact collisions as well as available front crash prevention systems aimed at preventing a crash or lessening its impact.

The 2015 Sonata is laden with a new level of safety and refinement, thanks to a number of active safety features like as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Lane Departure Warning System and rear parking sensors.

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Hyundai has just announced the 2015 Sonata Eco, a new fuel-efficient version of its latest sedan. Priced from $23,275 (excluding the $810 freight charge), the new 2015 Sonata Eco is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 177 hp and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque.

The engine is bolted to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Sonata Eco is the first Hyundai product to use it. As a result, the 2015 Sonata Eco is capable to deliver an estimated 28 mph city and 38 mpg highway.

The 32 mpg combined represents a 10 percent improvement over a 2015 Sonata SE that uses a 2.4-liter Theta II engine.

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Usually, when a new vehicle goes on sale it is more expensive that the model it replaces but it appears that Hyundai didn’t follow this path with the 2015 Sonata because its new sedan is actually cheaper than its predecessor. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata starts at $21,150, which makes it $300 cheaper than the 2014MY Sonata.

The base model is powered by the 2.4-liter Theta II FDI four-cylinder engine that generates 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. The same engine is found on the SE, Limited and Sport models. All models carry a 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic.

The 2015 Sonata Sport is priced from $23,175, while the 2015 Sonata Limited costs $26,525. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T starts at $28,575. This model uses a 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine that delivers 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. All the prices don't include the $810 freight charges.

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After its last month’s debut at Seoul, Hyundai introduced the its all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. According to Hyundai, the 2015 Sonata follows the success of the outgoing models and offers a new look thanks to the new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.

Moreover, the vehicle offers better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features. The 2015 Sonata shows a more refined grille, wider air intakes and stylish headlights. Viewed from the side, we observe the horizontal rocker panels that reflect the chassis’ increased stability and surefootedness.

At the rear, we find LED taillights, but also a redesigned bumper. Thanks to the new design, the 2015 Sonata achieves a remarkable drag coefficient of just 0.27. For those looking for a traditional design, Hyundai offers the Sonata SE that includes standard LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler and chrome surround for the day light opening.

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The next generation of mid-sized Hyundai Sonata sedan will be more refined than the outgoing model but will lose some of its distinctive curvy lines, the South Korean carmaker said. Hyundai revealed the 2015 Sonata in South Korea last week. The 2015 Hyundi Sonata will be unveiled at the New York auto show this April and will be available for in the United States late this year.

The architecture and the powertrain lineup for the US are expected to be carried over, with Hyundai saying it concentrated on trimming noise, vibration and harshness while enhancing driving dynamics and refining the design. The curvy lines of the current model were tightened on the new Sonata’s sheet metal, reflecting Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture 2.0" design language.

Hyundai also increased the use of advanced high-strength steel in the sedan’s body-in-white, thereby increasing it has made the Sonata more rigid.

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Hyundai has unveiled the re-engineered 2015 Sonata, which it says is more refined and premium-feeling than the current model. While the platform and US powertrain lineup for the new Sonata are expected to be carry overs from the current model, Hyundai said it concentrated on reducing noise, vibration and harshness and improving driving dynamics as well as refining its design.

According to Hyundai, it spent around KRW450 billion, ($416.3 million) over the past three years to develop the 2015 Sonata, which is expected to arrive in the United States late this year. Hyundai also unveiled partial specifications of the 2015 Sonata, which reflects the carmaker’s “fluidic sculpture 2.0” design language.

The rounded, swoopy lines found on the current-generation Sonata has been tightened on the 2015 model. Hyundai also increased the use of advanced high-strength steel in body-in-white to boost rigidity. The 2015 Sonata boasts of advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot detection, Hyundai said in a statement.

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Hyundai Motor Co. admitted that the fuel economy of its new Sonata sedan was less than it had previously stated. When unveiled the redesigned model to the media earlier this month, the carmaker said the new Sonata’s fuel economy had jumped 6 percent to 12.6 km per liter (29.6 mpg) from its predecessor.

Hyundai recently disclosed that the figure was erroneous and had been derived from tests at its research center. On government tests, Sonata’s fuel economy only surged 2 percent to 12.1 km per liter (28.5 mpg). "We are very sorry for causing confusion to reporters," Hyundai said in a statement.

According to analysts, the impact of the mpg error might be short-lived since Hyundai announced it before it started selling the new Sonata. Hyundai said pre-orders of the model had exceeded 10,000 units in four days in South Korea.

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Hyundai Motor Co. has released the first images of the seventh-generation Hyundai Sonata, hoping that the overhauled sedan would allow it to gain market share once again. Hyundai plans a more comprehensive unveiling of the new Sonata this month in South Korea and will showcase it at the New York Auto Show in April.

The Sonata could bring new light to a carmaker marred by record recalls as well as a worsening currency-exchange rate. The seventh generation sedan will be the second vehicle to be overhauled under Peter Schreyer, who became chief of both Hyundai and Kia Motors Corp.'s designs in January 2013.

"The Sonata was the model that made consumers re-evaluate Hyundai from a maker of budget cars to one that made stylish and appealing cars," said Shin Chung Kwan, an analyst at KB Investment & Securities Co. "With the upcoming Sonata, the company is hoping to take another step up."

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The 2011 Hyundai Sonata was the carmaker’s hottest item three years ago, but it turned out to be its weakest point in the J.D. Power's 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study. Hyundai owners reported an average of 169 problems per 100 vehicles in the latest dependability rankings from J.D. Power and Associates, making the Hyundai brand rank fifth from the bottom. 

It marked Hyundai's second year of surging problems after recording an improvement from 2009 through 2012. J.D. Power also attributed Hyundai’s low ranking to its Elantra compact car. The current generation of the Sonata and Elantra rolled out as 2011 models from Hyundai's Alabama site, which has been running on three shifts since the fall of 2012.

Ed Kim, an analyst with AutoPacific, remarked that Hyundai’s dependability rankings are unlikely to hurt the brand in the near term. He noted that most consumers pay more attention to J.D. Power's initial-quality rankings. He, however, also noted that poor dependability scores should serve as a red flag for a brand that already worked for years improving its quality reputation.

Read the entire article 2011 Sonata tagged as culprit in Hyundai’s slide in dependability rankings