The new-generation Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been revealed, featuring the company's new Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission.
Power comes from a new 2.0-litre GDi four-cylinder petrol engine from Hyundai's 'Smartstream' family of efficient powertrains, mated to a six-speed hybrid-specific automatic transmission.
Central to the system is new control software for the hybrid unit, which uses the electric motor to match the engine's speed with the transmission speed to cut shift times by up to 30 per cent.
With shift times dropping from 500 to 350 milliseconds, Hyundai says the efficiency losses traditionally associated with torque converters are minimised.
Outputs are rated at 112kW and 188Nm for the petrol engine, with the electric motor quoting 38kW and 205Nm. Hyundai says system power output is 143kW, though no combined torque figure is quoted. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.0L/100km on the combined cycle when fitted with standard 16-inch wheels.
Unique to the hybrid is a solar roof panel which helps to charge the battery to increase range and prevent "unnecessary battery discharge". With six hours of charging daily, the company claims the system can add up to 1300km of travel distance per year.
Like the standard Sonata sedan, the hybrid version is available with a wide range of new technologies, including the Digital Key which uses a compatible smartphone's Near Field Communication (NFC) system to lock/unlock the vehicle, along with perform remote functions like start the engine or activate the alarm.
The Sonata Hybrid is also full equipped with a suite of driver assists and active safety technologies, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and lane follow assist – which combines the adaptive cruise and lane keeping functions to keep the vehicle centred in its lane between 0 and 145km/h.
Hyundai's local division says the Sonata Hybrid is "currently under review for the Australian market".
The standard combustion-powered Sonata range is due to arrive during the fourth quarter of 2019, with naturally-aspirated and turbo petrol power to be available from launch.
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