August 25, 2019

Hyundai’s Sonata Hybrid Makes Global Debut

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai has launched the Sonata Hybrid equipped with the innovative Active Shift Control (ASC) technology and solar roof system.

The solar roof system makes its debut on the Sonata Hybrid. The system works to recharge the battery and the company says that with six hours of daily charging is expected to increase travel distance by an extra 1,300km annually.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid solar roof
The solar roof system works to help recharge the Sonata Hybrid’s battery

Hyundai has also applied world-first ASC technology to the Sonata.

ASC applies new control logic software to the Hybrid Control Unit (HCU), which controls the electric motor to align the rotational speeds of the engine and transmission, ultimately reducing gear shift time by 30 per cent, the company says.

With the synchronisation, ASC not only improves hybrid vehicle’s acceleration performance and fuel economy, but also durability of the transmission by minimising friction during a gear shift.

Sonata is equipped with Smartstream G2.0 GDi HEV engine and 6-speed hybrid transmission. Engine power output is 112kW and maximum torque is 188Nm. The vehicle’s electric motor delivers 38kW and maximum torque of 205Nm. Combined system power output is 143kW and vehicle also boasts combined fuel economy of 5.0l/100km.

The new Sonata also supports a ‘Digital Key’ function via a dedicated smartphone app.

The Digital Key can control selected vehicle systems remotely via smartphone. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication, users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the alarm and even start the engine.

The level of access to different vehicle functions can be tailored to each user, for a defined period. For example, the vehicle owner can preset the duration of vehicle use or limit the use to only certain features when renting the vehicle.

Sonata Hybrid also has an array of ADAS features including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Follow Assist.

The next-generation Sonata will launch in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2019, with the Sonata Hybrid currently under view for the Australian market.