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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Revealed With Revolutionary New Tech

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This is Hyundai’s first model to be equipped with the company’s new Active Shift Control transmission technology.

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata made its global debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show with a sleek new design inspired by the stunning Le Fil Rouge Concept. Without question, it's one of the most stylish sedans we've seen in a long time and makes its competitors look bland by comparison.

When it was first announced, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata was available with two engine options: a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque or an optional 2.5-liter with 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. And now a new, highly efficient hybrid version has joined the 2020 Sonata family to replace the outgoing model.

Compared to the standard Sonata, the hybrid version boasts unique design elements including a unique cross hole cascading grille, a rear spoiler, and new alloy wheels that enhance the car's aerodynamics. Also distinguishing the hybrid model is Hyundai's solar roof, which makes its debut on the Sonata Hybrid. The system recharges the battery to increase the driving range while preventing unnecessary battery discharge. With 6 hours of daily charging, Hyundai claims the Sonata Hybrid's solar roof will increase travel distance by an extra 808 miles annually.

The 2020 Sonata Hybrid is also Hyundai's first model to utilize the company's new Active Shift Control transmission technology that improves the driving experience, acceleration, and fuel economy. It works by applying new control logic software to the Hybrid Control Unit, which then controls the electric motor to align the rotational speeds of the engine and transmission. As a result, Hyundai claims gear shift times are reduced by 30 percent. The durability of the transmission is also improved as the ASC technology minimizes friction during a gear shift.

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Powering the 2020 Sonata Hybrid is a Smartstream G2.0 GDi HEV engine mated to a six-speed hybrid transmission. The gasoline engine produces 150 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque, while the electric motor delivers an additional 51 hp and 151 lb-ft, bringing the combined output to 192 hp. Hyundai claims the 2020 Sonata boasts a combined fuel economy of 20.1km/l in Korea when fitted with 16-inch wheels, which is the equivalent of 47.2 mpg in the US. Fitting 17-inch wheels will reduce the economy to 19.1 km/L (44.9 mpg).

On the tech side, the 2020 Sonata Hybrid features a Digital Key accessible through a smartphone app, allowing owners to lock and unlock the car, activate the alarm and start the engine using Bluetooth Low Energy. Access to different vehicle functions can be tailored for different users. On-board safety tech includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Follow Assist. US pricing and availability for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has yet to be announced.

Note: the photos below show the standard 2020 Hyundai Sonata.