A new version of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been unveiled and details at the Detroit Motor Show. The previous model was relatively successful, given it was a first attempt. But the new one seems determined to step up its game and establish itself as a serious player in this segment.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes with unique wheels and front and rear fascias that not only set it apart from normal models visually, they also make the car more aerodynamically efficient. In fact, fuel economy of the new model is expected to improve more than 10 percent.
The powertrain in the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that houses a more powerful 38 kW electric motor where the torque convertor used to go. The combined output of the system is 193 horsepower, and its estimated EPA ratings are 39 mpg in the city, 44 mpg on the highway, and 42 mpg combined. What’s more, the car is expected to deliver 22 miles of pure electric drive with speeds up to 75 mph.
The plug-in hybrid system in the 2016 Sonata features a sizable lithium-polymer battery pack, but thanks to smart packaging the sedan still has one of the biggest boots in this class. As you’d expect, the car is also packed with safety, comfort, convenience and connectivity features. Sonata Hybrid will be built at Hyundai’s Asan, South Korea assembly plant and will go on sale early this summer.