Posted on 20. Feb, 2013 by in Hyundai Canada

2013 Sonata Hybrid Maximizes Efficiency with Increased Electric-Only Driving

Hyundai’s Industry-Exclusive Hybrid Lifetime Battery Warranty Continues with Larger, Lighter 47 kW Lithium Polymer Battery Pack, Higher Output Electric Motor and New Control Logic, Yielding Improved Fuel Efficiency

Operates in All-Electric Mode More Often and For Longer Periods of Time

COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 – Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for a 2013 Sonata Hybrid, starting during $25,650 for a unusually well-equipped Sonata Hybrid and $30,550 for a new range-topping Sonata Hybrid Limited. At $25,650 shoppers will learn a softened 2013 Sonata Hybrid achieves softened fuel economy and is labelled $200 reduction than a effusive 2012 Sonata Hybrid. Hyundai will continue to offer an industry-exclusive Hybrid Lifetime Battery Warranty on a 2013 Sonata Hybrid.


Freight Charges for a 2013MY Sonata Hybrid are $795 and not enclosed in a prices above.

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid increases fuel potency and operates in all-electric mode some-more mostly and for longer durations of time, with an modernized chronicle of a brand’s Hybrid Blue Drive architecture. The softened design optimizes electric-only pushing by adding a incomparable ability 10.5 kW Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG), aloft outlay 35 kW electric motor, a some-more absolute 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery container and an optimized hybrid handling strategy. These upgrades are interconnected with a 2.4-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine that now runs on a some-more fit Atkinson cycle and an extended smoothness to beget 206 sum horsepower. The new Sonata Hybrid Blue Drive complement offers larger fuel efficiencies by augmenting a altogether volume of accessible electrical expostulate power, permitting drivers to go serve between fill ups.

As in prior Sonata Hybrids, a 2013 Sonata Hybrid facilities a purchase to decouple a gasoline engine from a drivetrain. When in pristine electric drive, a Sonata Hybrid can expostulate electrically adult to 75 miles per hour.


Increasing electric usually driving

Maximizing electric-only pushing formula in aloft fuel efficiency, that is a heading cause automobile buyers demeanour for in a hybrid vehicle. Hyundai engineers directed to boost a altogether volume of accessible electrical expostulate appetite and urge a potency of a Hybrid Blue Drive handling complement in a 2013 Sonata Hybrid.

Using a aloft outlay 35 kW electric engine and a some-more absolute 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery pack, a Hybrid Blue Drive powertrain maximizes electric-only driving. The softened handling complement takes advantage of newly grown pushing settlement showing and engine on/off optimization logic. The accessibility of some-more battery appetite allows for larger coherence in using a gasoline engine during best efficiency, that saves fuel. Better kinetic appetite liberation and augmenting charging potency powers a Sonata Hybrid in all-electric mode some-more mostly and for longer durations of time, augmenting fuel economy.

The 2013 Sonata Hybrid utilizes a all-electric mode during optimal moments such as highway driving, afterwards saves a gasoline engine start-up for roads that need a heavier sip of power. All of this translates to income saved for a driver.



The conspicuous feat with 2013 Sonata Hybrid’s 47 kW lithium polymer battery container is that not usually is it some-more absolute and some-more appetite dense, though also weighs reduction and takes adult reduction volume in a trunk. The weight of a container has left from 92.4 pounds to 87.8 pounds while case volume has augmenting from 10.7 cu. ft. to 12.1 cu. ft. Once again, a softened potency of a battery container is pivotal to recuperating some-more kinetic appetite from braking and charging from a engine, when needed, to assistance propel a vehicle. The newly optimized complement allows a battery to store some-more serviceable energy, permitting some-more all-electric driving, slicing both fuel expenditure and emissions.


As a upgraded battery stores some-more energy, engineers also augmenting a outlay on a electric traction engine from 30 kW to 35 kW. The augmenting appetite pulled into a complement is used for aloft torque outlay in electric expostulate mode before a complement has to start a inner explosion engine. The 2013 Sonata Hybrid can now means all-electric mode longer than a prior system. These changes broach both softened fuel economy and drivability. The aloft outlay electric engine is also essential to improving appetite constraint during regenerative braking.


Taking a Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) from 8.5 kW to 10.5 kW of ability provides some-more charging ability and, in turn, seamless electric starts. The HSG is essentially used to urge purchase rendezvous when synchronizing engine to smoothness speed. The primary traction engine is joined to a smoothness and can't be used to assign a hybrid battery when a automobile is stationary. If a battery state of assign is low and a automobile is stationary, a HSG will automatically restart a engine, that afterwards charges a Lithium Polymer battery pack.

When a motorist releases a stop and presses a accelerator, a Sonata Hybrid will lift divided uniformly and silently in electric expostulate mode with a purchase still disengaged. In this mode, a Sonata will quickly act like a array hybrid. Once a automobile is in suit and torque direct increases, a purchase will rivet and send engine tractive bid by a smoothness again.


In further to improving efficiency, Hyundai engineers set their sights on improving drivability with a following:

  • Improved hybrid complement purchase control
  • Improved automobile response by stifle tuning
  • Optimized regenerative braking change pattern
  • Decreased attrition in a compress six-speed involuntary transmission


The physique of a 2013 Sonata Hybrid stays unchanged, though it still facilities a singular extraneous that sets it detached from other Sonatas. The multiple of a re-shaped front and back fascias with a deeper atmosphere dam, extended rocker panels and reduce drag wheels concede atmosphere to upsurge around a physique with reduction resistance. The drag fellow for a Sonata Hybrid is an unusually low 0.24 that compares agreeably to a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (0.34) and a Nissan GT-R (0.27).

The ability to simply outing by a air, total with low rolling insurgency tires and a reduced attrition in a newly optimized Hybrid Blue Drive powertrain, significantly reduces a volume of appetite compulsory to say highway speeds. The outcome is a conspicuous highway fuel potency of a Sonata Hybrid.


The softened 2013 Sonata Hybrid will offer dual opposite indication grades to select from, Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid Limited.

EPA Estimated Fuel Economy


The 2013 Sonata Hybrid comes with Hyundai’s Hybrid Lifetime Battery Warranty. The coverage expands a advantages of Hyundai Assurance, a industry’s many extensive guaranty program, including an unrivalled 10-year powertrain warranty.

The Hyundai Lifetime Hybrid Battery Warranty ensures that if a Sonata Hybrid lithium-polymer battery ever needs replacement, Hyundai will reinstate a battery and cover recycling costs for a aged battery container free-of-charge to a strange owner. The coverage is not transferrable, and does not request to franchise and blurb vehicles or vehicles serviced outward a U.S.


The Sonata Hybrid, with Hyundai’s softened Hybrid Blue Drive technology, has always featured a lithium-polymer battery pack, creation Hyundai one of a initial automakers in a universe to incorporate this remarkably fit battery record into prolongation vehicles. Lithium-polymer is a subsequent era of lithium-ion record and is ideally matched to automotive applications interjection to a quite strong and arguable chemistry.

The lithium-polymer cells, grown with Hyundai’s partner LG Chem, use a manganese-spinel chemistry that provides an glorious concede between appetite delivery, appetite firmness and thermal stability. Thermal fortitude is vicious to ensuring durability, effectively expelling a need to reinstate a battery container during a normal lifespan of a vehicle. The electrodes in comparison lithium-ion chemistries enhance and agreement significantly with a heating and cooling that naturally occurs during charging and discharging. This thermal enlargement causes cracks in a electrodes that eventually reduces a cell’s ability to reason a charge. Manganese-spinel lithium-polymer cells have most reduce enlargement rates and are so means to go by tens-of-thousands of assign cycles even but carrying to use a heavier, liquid-cooling system.

Sonata Hybrid Packaging

The Sonata Hybrid MSRP is $25,650, incompatible $795 burden and includes a following customary equipment:

  • 2.4L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder hybrid engine
  • Hybrid Starter-Generator (HSG)
  • Permanent magnet high-power firmness motor
  • 270V lithium polymer battery
  • 6-speed involuntary smoothness with SHIFTRONIC®
  • Electronic fortitude control with traction control system
  • ABS with electronic brake-force placement and stop assist
  • Active front conduct restraints
  • Front, front chair side and screen airbags
  • 16-inch Eco-spoke amalgamate wheels
  • Headlight LED accents
  • LED taillights
  • Front haze lights
  • Side mirror-mounted spin vigilance indicators
  • Unique, coloured chrome front grille
  • Bodyside frame coloured chrome inserts
  • Chrome extraneous doorway handles
  • Proximity entrance with push-button start
  • Remote keyless entry, alarm and immobilizer
  • Electroluminescent instrument cluster (Supervision)
  • 4.2-inch tone TFT multi-function outing mechanism with hybrid record display
  • Dual involuntary heat control
  • Floor console mounted back vents
  • Heated front seats
  • Chrome interior doorway handles
  • Leatherette interior doorway row inserts
  • Tilt telescopic steering circle with cruise, audio and phone controls
  • Metalgrain interior accents
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 with iPod®/USB auxiliary submit jacks
  • Power windows, locks, exhilarated mirrors
  • Integrated Bluetooth® with phonebook transfer
  • Hyundai Blue Link Telematics system
  • Automatic light control
  • Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS)
  • Solar control glass

Sonata Hybrid Limited

The Sonata Hybrid Limited MSRP is $30,550, incompatible $795 freight, and includes a following customary equipment:

  • 17-inch Eco-spoke amalgamate wheels with singular finish
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Leather-wrapped steering circle change knob
  • Heated back seats
  • Power motorist chair with lumbar support
  • Navigation complement with high-resolution touch-screen display
  • Rear backup camera
  • Infinity® reward speakers, subwoofer and outmost amplifier (400-watt)
  • HD Radio® Technology with multicasting
  • SiriusXM® NavTraffic, NavWeather and Sports Stocks w/ 90-Day Trial
  • Auto-dimming mirror/HomeLink®/Compass
  • Premium doorway sill plates

Panoramic Sunroof Package ($1,000 MSRP)

  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Glossy black doorway approximate and outward counterpart housing

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