Hyundai has officially revealed that the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is now equipped with a larger and better battery pack.
In a press release dated February 20, 2013, Hyundai has provided a detailed explanation regarding the improvements that were implemented on the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The Korean carmaker has stressed out that as part of upgrading the current version of the Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai engineers has replaced the old battery pack with a newer, larger and better version.
Hyundai has also hinted that due to the upgrade, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be sporting a more powerful 47 kW lithium ion polymer battery pack. Since the new battery pack used on the Sonata Hybrid is larger and more potent, buyers could expect that the vehicle has become more fuel efficient compared to its predecessor.
In addition to this, Hyundai has clearly stated that the use of the new battery pack is expected to boost the hybrid’s estimated fuel economy ratings for combined driving by 2 miles per gallon. Thus, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will most likely have a new set of fuel economy ratings which is equivalent to 36 miles per gallon in the city, 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 38 miles per gallon combined.
Aside from replacing the old battery pack with a newer version, Hyundai’s engineers have also tweaked the vehicle’s software. The tweaks conducted were responsible for the revising the Sonata Hybrid’s engine on/off logic as well as its driving pattern detection. These changes were also designed to further improve the hybrid’s overall fuel consumption.
Surprisingly, the use of the new battery pack on the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid did not only improve the vehicle’s fuel economy ratings but also reduced its overall weight and increased the Sonata Hybrid’s trunk space. Since Hyundai engineers shaved the weight of the battery pack by about 4.6 pounds, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is now offering about 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space and this is bigger compared to the 10.7 cubes provided by the 2012 version.
But despite of the changes made on the vehicle, this is currently sold with a base MSRP of $25,650, a price which is about $200 cheaper compared to that of its predecessor.