As a novelty that’s increasingly becoming popular, large panoramic sunroofs present a looming danger that could see passengers get thrown out of the roof of their car in the event of an accident. One automaker, Hyundai, has come up with new way to mitigate this risk.
The Korean automaker has introduced the world’s first panoramic sunroof airbag, one designed to keep passengers inside the vehicle during an accident and prevent injuries, especially to the head.
Resembling a curtain airbag, the innovative airbag is installed inside the sunroof and deploys from the rear of the vehicle. It features a sensor that detects when the turning angle of the vehicle is changed due to a rollover, activating the inflator to deploy the airbag.
Its cushion is inflated by gas and covers the vehicle’s entire roof surface in a hasty 0.08 seconds.
According to Hyundai, test on dummies showed that the panoramic sunroof airbag prevented the occupants from being flung out of the car and cushioned the impact on the head.
The company hasn’t announced when the airbag will be offered, but it can’t come soon enough.
Hyundai Nexo Has Best Range Of Any Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
Hyundai used the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as a stage to announce that its new Nexo fuel cell vehicle now offers the longest driving range of any fuel cell vehicle available.
With a driving range up to 378 miles (609 kilometers), the hydrogen-powered SUV can travel further than any of its direct competitors, handily beating the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity‘s range of 300 miles (483 km) and 80 miles (129 Km), respectively. In fact, Hyundai says it delivers the same range as a regular, gasoline-powered car.
Filling the Nexo’s tank takes only five minutes. By comparison, a regular EV would get about 81 miles (50 km) worth of charge in the same time on even the best and fastest chargers.
Considering the sparsity of hydrogen stations anywhere in the world, the long driving range and fast refueling help make the Nexo a more compelling vehicle for those early adopters capable of affording one.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid And Plug-in Hybrid Get Refresh For 2018 MY
Hyundai used the 2018 Chicago Auto Show to unveil the refreshed, 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid.
Both models benefit from an updated design that’s similar to the regular Sonata, featuring a bolder front fascia, a more modern rear end and new wheel designs.
Interior upgrades include a new instrument panel center stack, upgraded infotainment system with an available audio/video navigation system, wireless phone charging, and USB charging ports.
Safety has been beefed up with automatic emergency braking, lane change assist and standard blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2018 Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that works together with a 38 kW electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. The gas engine produces 154 horsepower and 140 lb. ft. of torque, while the electric motor adds an additional 51 horsepower and 151 lb. ft. for a combined total of 193 horsepower.
In the United Sates, the Sonata Hybrid is rated at 39 mpg in city driving, 45 mpg on the highway and 42 mpg combined.
The 2018 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid utilizes much the same powertrain as the Sonata Hybrid but is equipped with a larger 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack that’s more than five times larger than the Sonata Hybrid’s battery, helping give it an all-electric range up to 27 miles.
Hyundai says the steering system, anti-roll bar and rear suspension on both models have been modified for more responsive handling without sacrificing ride comfort.
The updated, 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid goes on sale in the first quarter of 2018, while the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid arrives in the second quarter .
New Hyundai Veloster N Is A Ford Focus ST-Beating Hot Hatch
The all-new, 2019 Hyundai Veloster introduces a new member to the family — the performance-tuned Veloster N — and it wants to feast on the Ford Focus ST.
Joining the naturally-aspirated Veloster and Veloster Turbo models as the first of Hyundai’s new high-performance N lineup, the new Veloster N packs a turbo 2.0L engine that produces 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque, a mark improvement over the Veloster Turbo’s 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft and more than the 252-hp generated by the Focus ST. All that power is sent to the front wheels by a six-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability.
The powertrain also features a multi-mode, high-flow active sport exhaust system with a variable exhaust actuator that, in N mode, delivers an engine over-run exhaust crackle during upshifts and downshifts, while torque steer is prevented by an N Power Sense Axle design that features a zero-scrub radius for quicker response, more precise steering, and a direct on-center feel.
A higher-spec suspension with an electronic multi-mode setup and extra bracing for its mounts makes cornering less of hassle for the Veloster N, and wider, lightweight wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero summer tires help keep it glued to the tarmac.
Custom 13.0 Veloster N brake rotors at the front axle and 11.8 inches at the rear come standard, but those looking for even more stopping power have the option of oversized 13.6-inch performance rotors front and 12.4-inch rotors rear.
To help it stand out from the lesser Veloster models, the Veloster N sports a unique front fascia with a sportier grille and large front air ducts. N-design rocker panels on the sides, a larger N-design rear spoiler, an integrated diffuser, available 19-inch alloy wheels, and dual exhausts.
The interior N is distinguished by aggressively bolstered front seats and further interior trim differentiation.
The new, 2019 Hyundai Veloster N goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2018.