Hyundai Sonata Getting an Aggressive Redesign and a Turbo Model

New design Hyundai Sonata
New design Hyundai Sonata

It appears the Hyundai Sonata is getting an aggressive facelift. The Korean automaker posted two teaser images on its Facebook page in the form of sketches, giving us a hint about how the facelifted Sonata will look. Considering the new Sonata was introduced as a 2015 model, a refresh is likely around the corner. It appears Hyundai will make the popular sedan even sportier with the addition of a Turbo model, while the front and rear ends will get restyled to match.

Up front, the new Sonata’s large hexagonal grille follows the design of other new Hyundai vehicles like the Accent and Elantra GT. Engine choices for the facelifted Sonata will likely include the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower, the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 245 hp and the 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 hp.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid…
As an alternative fuel vehicle, the Ioniq is going up against gas prices that remain at historic lows. Convincing consumers to make the move away from fossil fuels was tough when the national average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. was a whopping $3.60 back in 2012; it’s hard to imagine that reality changing with prices hovering around $2.30/gallon these days.

That this Hyundai is a compact car only makes matters worse for the Ioniq, as the popularity of crossovers continues to climb. That puts it at a major disadvantage compared to its fuel-sipping sibling, the Kia Niro, which features the people-moving proportions that consumers crave.

To overcome those sizable-though-surmountable odds, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has a few key qualities working in its favor. For starters, it’s built on a dedicated platform developed solely to serve as the basis for electrified rides. It’s part of Hyundai’s three-pronged approach to taking on the likes of Toyota, and includes both conventional and plug-in hybrid versions of the Ioniq, plus a pure-electric model. The platform also underpins the Kia Niro, and has been optimized for maximum efficiency.

Which brings us to the body style. While a crossover would no doubt have more mass appeal than a small sedan, it would also be less efficient. As such, the decision was made to build the Ioniq as a small sedan — and one that’s designed to eke out as much efficiency as possible. But more on that later. While not quite as quirky-looking as the Toyota Prius, the Ioniq definitely stands out as different.

That, of course, was done with a purpose, with the very shape of the Ioniq cleverly crafted to improve airflow. And it worked. With a drag coefficient of 0.24, the Ioniq slips through the air like a Tesla Model S, offering little in the way of resistance.




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