Styling updates intended to resume the impact of the 2011 Sonata. This car was a design breakthrough that made most rival sedans look outdated. It was a sales success, too. Not so its follow-up: the redesigned 2015 Sonata had merely a heated look that contributed to a decline in sales. The 2018 updates are part of a trend in which automakers perform more than just the usual mid-life adjustments to correct stylistic, mechanical or packaging defects.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Design
All the signs seem to point towards 2018 Sonata plug-n hybrid being a carry of the current car, so we expect no change inside or out. This is not a huge deal, given its looks is still fresh. Look for standard features on the Hyundai Sonata Hyundai 2018 hybrid plug-in hybrid to continue to have 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights.
For 2017, all versions of the Sonata Hybrid include a larger 7.0 inch high-resolution touchscreen with HD radio, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and the latest Blue Link Connected Care system. The hybrid plug-in continues to come with the larger infotainment screen and other upgrades. An 8.0-inch system with navigation, satellite radio and voice recognition is available on the hybrid and included on all plug-in hybrids, with optional Infinity premium audio.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Engine
Look for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque just like the current car. This engine couples with an electric motor that produces 67 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. The total system power is 201 horsepower. As a hybrid plug-in, the current model is capable of traveling up to 27 miles on a full electric charge. With gasoline and electric motor combined, the EPA evaluates 2017 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid at 99 miles per gallon equivalent, and we do not expect any changes here.
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Release date, Price and Competitor
Although the official 2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid release date is not yet available, we expect it to start production in June and arrive in showrooms in August. If we anticipate a carry forward, we do not expect any major price changes. For reference, the 2017 model varies from $ 35,435 to $ 39,435 (including destination fees). Major competitors include the Ford Fusion Energi, the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid and the Toyota Prius Prime.