Hyundai, for instance, unveiled a sleek hybrid addition to its lineup at the Chicago Auto Show, which runs from February 8 through February 17. The addition – the 2020 Sonata Hybrid – was officially announced last year, but just made its North American debut.
According to Hyundai, the new Sonata Hybrid gets 686 miles of range and an EPA-estimated 52 mpg in its Blue trim. While the 2019 Sonata Hybrid had four trim levels, specification sheets for the new car show three: the Blue, SEL, and Limited trims, with the Blue appearing to be the bottom of the three. The SEL and Limited hybrid trims are listed as getting an estimated 47 mpg combined.
The new hybrid also sports a “solar-roof system” that adds a couple of miles of driving range each day, Hyundai said.
Learn more about the 2020 Sonata Hybrid’s full specs and its unique solar-panel roof below.
Hyundai’s 2020 Sonata Hybrid made its North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show last week.
The car gets excellent range and fuel economy, according to Hyundai, and benefits from a built-in “solar-roof system.”
The car is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine working alongside an electric motor.
The combination puts out a total of 192 horsepower, according to Hyundai.
Plus, Hyundai says the Sonata Hybrid gets 50 mpg city and 54 mpg highway in its Blue trim …
… giving it an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 52 mpg, matching the Toyota Camry Hybrid.
The Blue trim also boasts 686 miles of range.
Not to mention, the Sonata Hybrid features built-in solar panels on its roof, which charge the sedan’s 12-volt and hybrid batteries.
Hyundai says the solar panels can add roughly two miles of range per day, or “a couple of miles” after six hours of charging.
Over the course of a year, Hyundai claims that can add up to around 700 miles of driving range from solar power.
The solar-panel roof also helps prevent unwanted battery discharge in the event that the A/C or infotainment system is on while the engine isn’t running.
Plus, the solar panels give the Sonata’s roof a unique look.
The Sonata Hybrid is set to hit dealerships this spring, while the regular Sonata is already available to order.