Back in December 2014, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and its version with more powerful and economic engine – the Plug-In hybrid, were unveiled in Seoul. The new Sonata looks like current 2015 model, but with some differences which show that this is not a common gasoline engine car.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Exterior
Exteriors of both 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and its Plug-in companion feature large front grille and uniquely designed bumper on the front. Projector headlamps come standard, while HID lights will be optional.
The main difference between the two models will be charging port on PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) placed on the front fender on the driver’s side. Around back are very nicely designed taillights, aerodynamic rear bumper and hands-free smart trunk which automatically opens when detects Proximity Key (within three feet) behind the car.
Available 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid colors are Pewter Gray Metallic, Starlight Silver, Diamon White Pearl, Eclipse Black, Venetian Red Pearl, Graphite Blue Pearl and Seaport Mist.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Interior
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata interior is packed with handy technologies which include standard equipment such as SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod and USB inputs while the 8 inch navigation system, HD Radio and Infinity premium audio system are optional. For even more pleasant experience, the interior is covered in leather seating surfaces.
When it comes to safety, this car comes standard with seven airbags, Stability control, Traction Control, ABS, rear view camera and tire pressure display. Other equipment includes Lane departure warning, Smart Cruise Control, Rear Parking Assistance,Forward Collision Warning, Blindspot detection and automatic high beam assist which dims lights when detects oncoming traffic.
Interior is covered in beige and gray cloth.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Engines
Both of these Hyundai models use the same engine, but with different technology. They are powered by 154 HP 2.0L 4-cylinder gasoline engine with GDI (193 HP combined) . Plug-in Hybrid model is expected to travel 22 miles using only power of lithium-polymer battery, which is placed below the trunk, while the regenerative braking system will provide additional energy. The driver won’t notice any change when car switches to either of these two driving modes. The total power of this model is 202 horsepower at 6,000 RPM. The engine is paired with 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC. Fuel consumption rates for 2016 Sonata SE is rated at 40 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, while 2016 Sonata Limited at 39 mpg city and 43 mpg highway.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Price and Release Date
According to the manufacturer, 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be available on the market from Spring 2015, while Plug-In Hybrid version will be available from late 2015.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE price starts at $26,000 while Limited starts at $30,100.