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2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Preview

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Preview

By Jeff Youngs, January 13, 2015

Fast Facts:
  • Redesigned for 2016
  • New and improved gas-electric hybrid drivetrain
  • Plug-in hybrid version debuts with 22-mile electric driving range
  • Upgraded convenience, infotainment, and safety features

Redesigned for 2016 and introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS), the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid adds a new plug-in hybrid variant offering up to 22 miles of electric-only driving range and a recharging time of as little as 5 hours with a standard 120-volt household power outlet. Unlike other Sonatas, these versions of the car will be built in South Korea and exported to the United States.

Exterior Features
Aerodynamic adjustments to the front and rear styling, as well as unique aluminum wheels, separate the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models from other Sonatas. According to Hyundai, both versions of the new Sonata Hybrid boast a coefficient of drag measuring 0.24 cd, the same as a Tesla Model S. Graphite Blue Pearl and Seaport Mist will be exclusive paint colors for these models.

Interior Features
Because the Sonata Hybrid's battery now fits beneath the cargo floor, the car offers a 13.3 cu.-ft. trunk. The plug-in version's trunk is smaller due to the larger battery. Instrumentation includes unique information screens related to the cars' hybrid drivetrains, and Blue Pearl leather seats are a specific option for these versions of the Sonata.

Optional Features
Hyundai plans to offer several convenience, safety, and infotainment options for the new Sonata Hybrid models. Additionally, these vehicles are offered with leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, rear-window sunshades, and more.

Under the Hood
A new gas-electric hybrid powertrain debuts in the 2016 Sonata Hybrid. It pairs a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 38-kW electric assist motor, a more powerful Lithium-ion battery pack than last year, and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Net horsepower measures 193.

Hyundai says it is possible for the Sonata Hybrid to operate at speeds up to 75 mph without requiring the gasoline engine to start, and the automaker predicts a 10% improvement in fuel economy, expecting the Sonata Hybrid to return 42 mpg in combined driving.

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission as the Sonata Hybrid, paired with a more powerful 50-kW electric motor and a larger 9.8-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. Combined output for this powertrain is 202 horsepower, and the bigger battery supplies an electric-only range of 22 miles on a single charge. After the battery reaches a minimum state of charge the 4-cylinder gasoline engine automatically starts and the car continues its journey.

Using a standard household power outlet the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid recharges in about 5 hours, according to Hyundai. Upgrade to a 240-volt charger and that time is cut in half. A charge indicator located on the top of the dashboard makes it easy to determine if the vehicle is finished charging, and this version of the car is offered with an exclusive Blue Link smartphone app that provides remote management of the charging system and other functions. Hyundai predicts EPA ratings of 93 MPGe and, when operated solely on the gas-electric hybrid powertrain, 40 mpg in combined driving.

With a standard driver's knee air bag the 2016 Sonata Hybrid provides 7 air bags. A reversing camera is also standard this year. Options include a blind-spot detection system with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and lane-change-assist system, and a forward-collision warning system.

With the Sonata Hybrid's Smart Trunk feature the owner simply needs to stand near the trunk with the passive entry key fob for 3 seconds and the trunk will open automatically, making it easier to load. A smart cruise control system is also available for this model and includes full-stop capability. Additional upgrades include a navigation system, premium audio system, and next-generation Blue Link connectivity, apps, and services. Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto will also be available, Hyundai promises.

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Critical Knowledge:All-new subcompact on sale in Europe by end of 2008Replaces Getz in Hyundai's European lineupDesigned in Russelsheim, Germany, at Hyundai's European design studioHyundai hasn't said if U.S. buyers will get a version of the i20i20 blue concept gets diesel engine, other super-economy featuresIntroductionTo be introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October, the i20 supplements Hyundai's growing lineup of models in Europe and elsewhere that get the "i" prefix. That portfolio now includes the i10 city car; the i30 (the Elantra Touring in the United States) and the i55 sport utility vehicle, which also will be unveiled in Paris. This 5-door hatchback qualifies as a subcompact, but it gets a longer wheelbase than the Getz. It's an all-new platform. The i20 will compete against cars such as the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Opel Corsa. A 3-door version is expected to arrive sometime in 2009.
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Critical Knowledge:Luxury sport sedan built on a new rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platformChoice of V-6 or Hyundai's first V-8 engineFeatures include 17-speaker Lexicon stereo, adaptive front lights, smart cruise controlGoes on sale Summer 2008Most expensive Hyundai starts at less than $30,000IntroductionThe Genesis rear-wheel-drive (RWD), V-8 engine sedan will top the mainstream Hyundai lineup when it goes on sale in June. To be introduced in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, the Genesis is designed to compete with more expensive luxury models. Hyundai press materials mention the BMW 5 Series and Infiniti M as engineering benchmarks, but also identify the Chrysler 300 and Pontiac G8 as the likely competitive set. Hyundai will emphasize the driving performance of the Genesis: three engine choices; two 6-speed automatic transmissions; 5-link independent suspension front and rear; a 53/47 front/rear weight distribution; and a stiffer body due to the use of high-tensile steel. Measuring 197 inches long and 73.3 inches wide, and riding on a 115.6-inch wheelbase, the Genesis is a bit larger than most midsize cars. Hyundai says its cabin is more spacious than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class or a BMW 7 Series. Wood trim on the instrument panel, leather heated and cooled seats, a windshield defogger with a humidity sensor, and rain-sensing wipers are among Genesis' standard features.
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