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    Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Revealed with Solar Roof

      ...Helped by the sun...

       

    27190bf4-2020-hyundai-sonata-hybrid-2.jpgHyundai has released released details of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.  While visually it remains close to the non-hybrid version, it does get a different grille, rear spoilers, and special alloy wheels to fine tune aerodynamics. 

    Hyundai has two technologies debuting on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.  First is a solar roof system that recharges the battery to increase travel distance and unnecessary battery discharge. When the system gets an average of 6 hours a day of charging, it is expect to increase travel distance by about 800 miles annually. 

    The second is a new 6-speed hybrid automatic transmission with Active Control Shift (ACS). The transmission is monitored by the hybrid control unit 500 times per second and uses the hybrid motor to precisely adjust the transmission rotational speed to allow for faster shift times and better fuel efficiency.  This technology also increases durability of the transmission by reducing friction during shifting. 

    80792b91-2020-hyundai-sonata-hybrid-1.jpgThe engine of Sonata Hybrid is a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder producing 152 horsepower, the electric motor max power output is 38 horsepower, for a total system power output of 195 horsepower. 

    The 2020 Hyundai Sonata goes on sale late summer 2019, no word on when the hybrid will be available. 

     

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    Source: Hyundai Global Media



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    At least they are trying to keep cars going and offer it as a Hybrid. Be interesting to see how many they sell between now and a year from now to compare to the sales numbers of cars that were selling.

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    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    That is, unfortunately, the best and only picture Hyundai provided.

    Interesting, since it doesn't show a solar roof.

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    2 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    At least they are trying to keep cars going and offer it as a Hybrid. Be interesting to see how many they sell between now and a year from now to compare to the sales numbers of cars that were selling.

    It makes it arguably the best looking hybrid family sedan on the market once it hits dealerships. 

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    31 minutes ago, Paolino said:

    Interesting, since it doesn't show a solar roof.

    Found some better pics, including one of the solar roof. 

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    GM would benefit from these solar roof cars, so many of GM's overpriced strangely packaged cars sit on lots for 12-18 months if they plugged the cars solar panel's into the grid they could power the dealer's building lights and power i bet

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    Now that's thinking! Simply rig up 100 extension cords into the car's power system output port (somehow), snake them thru the front door/across the showroom floor, then back-feed it into the dealership's panel box (somehow). 

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    On 7/22/2019 at 5:31 PM, riviera74 said:

    I wonder if ocnblu would like or loathe this. . . .

    When it's $550 for a grille emblem, $1550 for the front radar unit on a 2018 Sonata Hybrid, I am wondering how expensive this roof unit is.  There's gonna be a boatload of totaled Hyundais in a few short years with minor structural damage.

     

    Plus I am sure I'll get to see them in our mechanic shop.  Not a matter of like or loathe, more of mild amusement.  And dismissal.

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