The new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been revealed with the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission and a solar roof system.
The hybrid powertrain consists of a 112kw/188Nm Smartstream 2.0-litre GDi four-cylinder petrol engine combined with a 38kW/205Nm electric motor. The system’s total power output is 143kW.
Power is put down through Hyundai’s new Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission, which is a hybrid-specific six-speed automatic. It uses new control logic software to control the electric motor so it matches the rotational speeds of the engine with the transmission, Hyundai says the tech cuts gear shift time by 30 per cent.
When it comes to efficiency, fuel consumption on the combined cycle is rated at 5.0L/100km when the car is equipped with 16-inch wheels.
The Sonata will also feature a solar roof system which recharges the battery to increase range and reduce unnecessary battery discharge. With six hours of daily charging, it is expected the solar roof system can provide 1300km of travel annually.
Design-wise the Sonata Hybrid features a unique characterising cross-hole cascading grille, rear spoiler, and alloy wheels.
Additional equipment includes a digital key, forward collision-avoidance assist and lane follow assist.
In terms of the Australian market, the Sonata Hybrid is currently “under view”, the regular petrol-powered Sonata range is scheduled to launch locally later this year.
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