The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Now Has A Solar Roof To Extend Its Range

Will that mean better fuel economy? We'll have to wait for official figures

[Photos: Hyundai]
  • Hyundai revealed the revised 2020 Sonata Hybrid Monday.
  • This revised model has a solar roof to increase electric range.
  • The Sonata Hybrid and its electric motor put out a combined 193 horsepower.
  • Fuel economy numbers for the U.S. have not been announced yet, but it should manage more than mpg combined.

Same styling, with better range

We’ve seen the striking 2020 Hyundai Sonata, and now the Sonata Hybrid model has followed suit. Hyundai announced the new model today, and it does have some unique features over the gas-powered models.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata has a solar roof to extend the car’s all-electric range.

On the styling front, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is nearly identical to its gas-powered counterparts. However, you do get the option of a solar roof. With six hours of daily charging, the company claims an owner will get an extra 800 miles of travel distance on the batteries each year.

Under the hood, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid still has a 2.0-liter gasoline engine like before. The engine alone puts out 151 horsepower. The electric motor makes a more modest 51 horsepower, but it does also manage 151 lb-ft of torque on its own. Together, the system routes 193 total horsepower to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Another feature Hyundai is talking up is the Active Shift Control, or ASC. It’s meant to make the shifts from that six-speed unit a bit smoother by way of matching the electric motor up to the same speed as the engine and transmission. Hyundai claims that also makes shifts 30 percent faster, down from 500 milliseconds to 350. Fuel economy is still a question mark, but the old Sonata Hybrid managed 41 mpg combined. We expect this new model to manage at least similar, if not better results.

Hyundai has not announced pricing for the 2020 Sonata Hybrid just yet. That information should be available closer to launch. What do you think of the new model? Check out more on the conventional model below: