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Detroit 2015: Hyundai launches Sonata Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid

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Josée Paquet

Hyundai introduced the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions of its seventh-generation Sonata at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Both will go on sale as 2016 models at a price that has yet to be announced.

Those who buy a new Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid can expect to travel up to 22 miles (35 kilometres) on electric power and charge the battery in as little as 2.5 hours using a Level 2 charger.

The powertrain consists of a 6-speed automatic transmission, Hyundai’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED), a 50 kW electric motor that's 32% more powerful than the one in the regular Sonata Hybrid, and a direct-injected 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Total system output is 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Let's not forget the 9.8kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, which is roughly five times larger than the Sonata Hybrid’s battery.

The Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid should achieve the equivalent of 2.5L/100km in EV mode based on internal estimates. In charge sustaining mode, the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is expected to burn 5.9L/100km on average. Charging times range from 2.5 hours at a 240V Level 2 charging station to five hours using a standard 120V outlet.

As for the new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which features specific wheels and fascias, it promises even more fuel economy than the outgoing model.

Josée Paquet
Josée Paquet
Automotive expert