At the 2020 Chicago Auto Show last week, Hyundai finally unveiled the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Adopting the design changes of the regular 2020 Sonata, the Sonata Hybrid also includes a host of other great upgrades and new features. Perhaps the most exciting thing about it is that the Blue trim level delivers best-in-class fuel economy on the highway and combined. With an EPA-estimated 52 miles per gallon combined, the Blue trim level also has an incredible driving range of 686 miles. We thought we’d highlight a few of the other most exciting new features found in the vehicle.
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Active Shift Control
Applied to the 6-speed automatic transmission, the world’s first Active Shift Control technology helps to optimize the efficiency of the Sonata Hybrid’s transmission. The technology monitors your gear shifts 500 times per second, adjusting the speed of rotations as precisely as possible. Working with the Hybrid Control Unit, ASC aligns the rotational speeds of the engine and transmission with the hybrid vehicle’s electric motor, reducing the number of gear shifts by 30%. In turn, this makes gear changes smoother and quicker.
“The development of the world’s first ASC technology is a remarkable innovation that incorporates precise motor control to an automatic transmission. It will not only save fuel but also provide a more fun driving experience for our customers.”
– KyoungJoon Chang, Vice President and Head of Powertrain Control System Group, Hyundai Motor Group
Solar Roof System
Another incredible feature found in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the new solar roof system. This system charges the 12-volt and hybrid batteries directly, outputting 205 watts of electricity. This means that it will increase mileage by roughly 2 miles a day – in other words, you’ll be getting about 700 “free” miles a year. It also helps to prevent the battery from discharging due to the HVAC or infotainment systems while the vehicle is powered down. Plus, it’s just a cool and unique element of the vehicle’s overall design.
Be sure to keep checking back in the days and weeks to come as we’ll be sure to fill you in on even more details regarding the all-new Sonata Hybrid!