2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Debuts in Seoul

Hyundai has unveiled the 2016 Sonata Hybrid at an event in Seoul, South Korea. Even though the gas powered Sonata was all-new for the 2015 model year, the hybrid version took a bit longer to develop – 27 months.

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Hyundai has unveiled the 2016 Sonata Hybrid at an event in Seoul, South Korea. Even though the gas powered Sonata was all-new for the 2015 model year, the hybrid version took a bit longer to develop – 27 months.
Compared to the standard Sonata models, the Sonata Hybrid boasts a different grille and other body enhancements to make it more aerodynamic. Under the hood the Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.0L direct injection engine that is mated to a 38-kW electric motor. The 2.0L engine generates 154 horsepower and 139 lb-ft. of torque while the electric motor adds 37 hp and 151 lb-ft. of torque.

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The electric motor gets its power from a lithium-polymer battery pack with a capacity of 1.62 kWh, 13.3 percent higher than the previous Sonata Hybrid. The battery pack has also been repositioned under the floor of the trunk, which will make the trunk more usable. The new Sonata Hybrid will also be offered in a plug-in hybrid version for the first time, which should have an electric driving range around 18 miles at speeds up to 75 mph.

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The 2016 Sonata Hybrid will have its U.S. debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show next month.

Source: Hyundai