The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid made its debut in Korea in December last year but it hit the North American Showrooms in early January at auto show Detroit 2015. This new Hyundai sonata is a redesigned version of its predecessor but differs in the sense that it has better fuel economy. It will be debuting as the first sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle while implies that it will run on electric power for a maximum of 22 miles and then will need to be recharged with a Level 2 charger for about two and a half hours.
Just like its predecessor, 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has rear styling as well as a unique front that differentiates it from the conventional gasoline model. The new unique look includes unique front fenders, rear and front bumpers which work together to lower the coefficient of drag to about 0.24. The exterior package also features hybrid-specific taillights, wheels and headlights. It also has a charging port on the front fender of the driver.
Furthermore, hybrid badging and chrome side sill moldings also make a significant contribution to its appearance. Additional information about its system functions is provided by distinctive instrument cluster. It has a distinctive charge indicator on the dashboard which helps monitor the state of charge from the exterior.
There are 2 main paint options; the Seaport Mist and Graphite Blue.
The interior of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in hybrid comes with a smartphone application know as Blue Ink which harbors an array of functions such as charge-time scheduling, charge status and range vitals. Additionally this smartphone app has the capability to lock, unlock and even start the Sonata Plug-in hybrid.
The new redesigning creates more cargo space and ensures a 60/40 split-folding backseat. The reduction in the battery dimensions increases the cargo space by 1.2 cubic feet.
The color ranges include beige and gray for leather and cloth seating configurations. The leather seats have a Blue Pearl look which has contrast stitching.
The infotainment system includes standard USB/iPod input jerks as well as auxiliary input jerks, Bluetooth phone connectivity which has voice recognition and phonebook transfer, SiriousXM satellite radio, 8-inch navigation system which features downloadable apps, infinity premium audio system and HD radio. Additionally, it has an enhanced display.
The safety features include the following; 7 airbags, vehicle stability management, traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, projector and HID headlamps, and rear view camera. Other safety features include blind spot detection, lane change assist, Rear Cross-traffic alert and Forward Collision Warning.
The engine and performance
New Sonata has both electric and gasoline components to its engine system. Both have been redesigned to enhance better fuel economy. It features an electric motor, a hybrid battery pack and 6-speed automatic transmission.
The fuel economy is rated at 39/city (6 l/100 km) 44/highway (5.3 l /100 km) 42/ average(5.6 l/100 km) mpg on the EPA radar.
The gasoline engine is a 4-cylinder type and has a capacity of 2 liters and discharges 5 HP less than its predecessor. However, the electric type has a larger battery capacity and an electric motor that is more powerful. Both have a combined output of about 202 Hp.
Price and release data
2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is made its debut in early January 2015 and was released in end 2015. It attracts federal tax credits mounting to $ 4500 for every vehicle bought. The price is yet to be announced, but is assumed to be of 22.000 US Dollars.