2020 Hyundai Sonata Revealed... Remember the Azera?

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Some updates on the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata.

    2020 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

    As mentioned earlier, the Sonata’s overall height has been lowered an inch and will be available with 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloys.

    Like the Azera reference from the OP, the all-new Sonata will incorporate the wide horizontal LED strip that connects each brake light.

    The 2020 Sonata’s coefficient of drag (Cd) is just 0.27 thanks to a flat underfloor covering and a range of body enhancements—including small fins across each taillight.


    2020 Hyundai Sonata Interior

    The new slim dashboard features a 12.3” digital instrument cluster that is fully customizable. At the center of the dashboard, a large, 10.25-inch HD screen enables occupants to interact easily with the audio-video and navigation (AVN) functions. This screen can also accommodate a split-screen function that allows audio and navigation to be displayed simultaneously. All Sonata models, except the entry model, include three years of complimentary Blue Link services.

    2020 Hyundai Sonata Drivetrains

    The 2.5L GDI and a 1.6L T-GDI engine are mostly carryovers - .1L larger displacement on the GDI - and both are mated to 8-speed ATs. The 2.5L GDI engine is rated at 191 hp and 181 lb.-ft. of torque while providing an expected combined EPA estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg. This is up significantly from the 28 and 29 mpgUS combined ratings of the current 2.4L offerings!

    The 1.6 T-GDI offers up 180 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque with an expected EPA of 31 mpg combined, the same as the current 1.6L GDI-T.

    Unfortunately there was not even a hint of a new or even carry over of the existing hybrid drivetrain for the all-new 2020 Sonata? :(

    2020 Hyundai Sonata Safety

    The all-new 2020 Sonata features Hyundai’s latest SmartSense advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). A series of sensors and systems s can potentially warn the driver and may take action in the event of a safety incident. The ADAS systems uses the car’s three radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors and five cameras.

    These std. safety features include:
    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Advanced Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go
    The optional Highway Driving Assist (HAD) feature assists drivers in maintaining the center of the lane, at an appropriate speed, while keeping a safe distance to the car in front.

    A new feature that I really think deserves more attention given my ongoing 10k+ rideshare experiment is Safe Exit Assist. This system may prevent accidents should a door be opened when another vehicle is approaching from behind. Using the radar, the system may detect approaching vehicles and warn the driver when a door is opened.

    The new Sonata in Limited trim with a pkg. uses four cameras to provide the driver with an enhanced, bird’s-eye view of the car’s exterior, giving the driver confidence when maneuvering into or out of spaces.

    2020 Hyundai Sonata Profile


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  2. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    On YouTube you see the Sonata 2020 hybrid model which would be 10% more efficient. But no details otherwise. Not sure if that model is coming to the US soon.
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Luke:

    It appears that the Hybrid/PHEV are either delayed like Hyundai has done for each of the two previous all-new Sonata Hybrid models since inception or will be discontinued here in the U.S. due to lack of sales? When you see the 2019 sales results, you can see why Hyundai may be rethinking the Sonata Hybrid for us here in the U.S. Our 17 Sonata Hybrid Limited is still the best car I have ever owned even though I wish it had the new 2018 Camry Hybrids efficiency.

    Here are the Hyundai Hybrid/PHEV/BEV/FCV U.S. 2019 Q1 sales results through March 31 and they were not good.

    2019 Q1 Sales

    Ioniq EV: 199
    Ioniq HEV: 2,690
    Ioniq PHEV: 421

    Sonata HEV: 642
    Sonata PHEV: 61

    Kona EV: 419

    Nexo: 60

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