The Hyundai Sonata is one of the brand’s best selling compact sedans in the United States. It is now in its seventh generation and the 2018 model year has gotten a mild redesign which included changes in the exterior styling and inside the cabin. Another novelty which the carmaker is preparing is the hybrid version of this model. As well, it should also arrive with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. However, what is more interesting, according to some speculations, the Hyundai Company is also working on the newest version of this model and we are talking about the 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata has brought many adjustments in almost every segment. The exterior design has been refreshed with new headlamps and taillights; there are a redesigned hood and new wheel designs and exterior colors. Inside, we will notice revised dashboard, upgraded navigation system and there are more standard safety features now. Besides the traditional engines, the Sonata is now available with a hybrid engine too.
So, the new 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will most likely arrive with no changes since it has just been upgraded. Its key competitors will be Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and Ford Fusion.
2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid engine and performance
The newest 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will feature the same hybrid engine which was firstly introduced in 2018 model year. It is a combination of a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The traditional unit is able to make 154 hp and 140 pound-feet of torque while an electric motor is rated at 51 horses and the torque of 151 pound-feet. All together, they will be able to make 193 horsepower. This unit should pair with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. As for the fuel economy, it is rated at 38 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined.
On the other hand, the standard version will arrive with the same traditional engines. The one is a 2.4-liter inline-4 with the output of 185 hp and the torque of 178 pound-feet. The other one is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 which is able to make 245 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will continue with the same design as the 2018 Sonata which has been lightly refreshed. It has received new headlamps, revised hood, and the new design of the grille. There are also new taillights and three new wheel designs. It rides on standard 16-inch alloy wheels.
When it comes to interior, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will feature comfortable, practical and well-equipped cabin. The dashboard will be slightly revised and it will feature a 7.0-inch touchscreen with the infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. As for the equipment, it will come standard with power windows and locks, Bluetooth, audio system with six speakers, air conditioning, keyless ignition, automatic headlamps and so on. The higher trim levels will add adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, automatic emergency braking, leather-wrapped steering wheel and many other more.
Release date and price
The official release date of the 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is not yet confirmed. Its price should be slightly higher than the price of the base model, but there shouldn’t be large any changes.