2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets a Solar-Panel Roof

By | July 24, 2019
While only the Korea-spec model has been revealed, the Sonata hybrid will come to the U.S. next year.

  • The new Hyundai Sonata hybrid has been revealed for the South Korea market.
  • It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a total system output of 192 horsepower.
  • A solar-panel roof is a new feature that Hyundai says provides up to six hours of charging for the battery pack.

Earlier this year Hyundai revealed the radically styled new Sonata, and it’s now expanding the lineup with the hybrid version of the sedan. So far, only the Korea-market Sonata hybrid has been revealed, but we expect nearly everything seen here to make its way to the United States—even the solar roof has a chance of coming here.

The new Sonata hybrid uses a 150-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a 51-hp electric motor, a setup similar to that of the outgoing model. Total output is 192 horsepower, 1 hp down from the current car. The six-speed automatic transmission has what Hyundai calls Active Shift Control, which uses the electric motor to align the speeds of the engine and transmission, reducing shift times by up to 30 percent.

Making its debut on the Sonata hybrid is a large solar-panel roof, which stretches from the top of the windshield to the top of the rear window. Hyundai says it provides six hours of “daily charging” for the battery and increases travel distance by around 800 miles per year. The hybrid also gets its own new grille design, a small rear spoiler, and aerodynamically optimized wheel designs. No photos of the interior have been released, but we expect some unique color and trim options.

A Hyundai spokesperson told C/D that information on the U.S.-spec Sonata hybrid will be available later in the year, at which point we should find out about pricing and fuel-economy numbers. The 2019 model was slightly more expensive than its standard gas counterpart but had better fuel-economy numbers. It was rated by the EPA at 41–42 mpg combined, compared to the 26–31 mpg ratings of the various standard Sonatas.

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