Even though it borrows styling cues for the redesigned Genesis sedan, the all-new Hyundai Sonata doesn’t, well, look all that new, especially from the side. It might just be me.
The new Sonata is longer, wider and lighter than the outgoing model. Like the Genesis, it wears Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the company’s latest design philosophy. But while the Genesis is notably distinct from its predecessor, the Korean mid-size sedan looks like a re-skinned version of the old model. It is less swoopy and more angular and, as a result, appears blander.
Like the exterior, the interior is also more angular and takes on a more serious appearance. Though less interesting to look at, it will certainly be more high-tech than any Sonata interior before it.
The North American model will likely be offered with a 2.4-liter GDi engine rated at around 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, as well as a 2.0T powertrain. A Sport model will also be part of the lineup. Both a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic will be available.
Let us know what you think about the latest Hyundai Sonata.
Baltimore Man Buys The First Hyundai Kona Electric In America
The crossover is one of the first long-range electric vehicles to be sold by an established automaker.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is finally on sale in the United States, and the first one went to a lucky buyer in Baltimore, Maryland.
Donald Small, director of pediatric oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, took the keys in a small ceremony held by Hyundai.
He is a true green enthusiasts who has driven an electric vehicle for more than seven years, and his family has taken other measures to reduce their carbon footprint.
“As a strong advocate for eco-friendly living — which includes doing my part to reduce carbon emissions from the energy we consume — I’ve equipped my home with 64 solar panels connected to the utility power grid, and the sur renewable energy we produce is fed onto the grid.” Dr. Donald Small said. “By implementing renewable energy generation with net-metering, we rely less on the grid and produce more than 90% of our energy use.”
The Kona Electric is among the first of a growing list of long-range electric vehicles from mainstream automakers with mass-market price tags. It can travel for up to 258 miles (415 km) on a single charge, and has a starting price of $37,495 (before government incentives) for the 2020 model year.
Hyundai has not disclosed specific production numbers, but considering that General Motors has admitted that it’s some years away from making any money from EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt, it wouldn’t be surprising if availability of the Kona Electric remains relatively limited if it’s not it’s losing money for the company.
Hyundai Is Going After The Porsche Macan Sporty Tucson N
The Korean automaker believes its plebeian crossover can reach for higher heights.
Hyundai has some big performance goals for the Tucson. It has tasked its N performance sub-brand to develop a performance version of its bread-and-butter compact utility vehicle, one that could potentiality give the Porsche Macan a run for its money on the performance front.
According to , the Hyundai Tucson N will be ready sometime in 2020, before the arrival of the next-generation Tucson. The company is keeping most details under wraps, but we do know that it will have around 340 horsepower, explaining why some are already calling it the poor man’s Porsche Macan.
The Tucson N will serve as the halo vehicle for the N sub-brand until an even more high-octane vehicle wearing the Hyundai badge comes along. A source familiar with the project told Auto Express that they’re “going to take our time with this one – because when it appears it will blow everything else away in its sector.”
How do you envision the Hyundai Tucson N and what do you want to see from Hyundai’s engineers and designers?
Hyundai, Kia Show Off Wireless EV Charging, Automated Valet Parking
After essentially charging itself, the vehicle automatically reparks itself in an empty spot.
Hyundai and Kia have revealed a new Automated Valet Parking System that makes it easier for electric car owners to charge and park their EVs.
The innovative feature informs the driver of the vehicle’s remaining battery charge and automatically finds wireless charging stations. When instructed, the vehicle then proceeds to drive on its own to an available charging station and charges wirelessly via magnetic induction, before navigating to another vacant parking spot so that other EVs have access to the charging station.
Once the driver is ready to go, the car autonomously returns to his / her location. Watch it in action…
Hyundai and Kia hope that their new Automated Valet Parking System will alleviate crowding at charging stations once electric cars gain prominence. But despite combining several technologies that are already under development, it isn’t expected to be ready until 2025.