It is quite obvious that the electrification and delivery of hybrid powertrain can significantly reduce fuel consumption and that is one of the reasons why we are getting 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid and similar models. Latest information’s are offered through the Detroit Auto Show and we have pretty much all the most important details about this vehicle.
When we take a look at the plug-in hybrid market we have a decent number of models to choose from. Pretty much basic, in terms of electric range, is the Prius that can provide about 11 miles of range in EV mode. Pretty much top of the line in this segment is the recently presented 2016 Chevrolet Volt with about 50 miles of range. With about 22 miles of electric only range the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid comes in the pretty much middle segment between these two vehicles. Since this part of the market was dominated by Ford and its few great plug-in hybrids Hyundai will have to offer a lot to be able to take decent amount of market space.
Both Ford Fusion and Ford C-Max Energi are able to return about 20 miles of range in EV mode that is quite similar to what Hyundai will offer but have in mind that we still need to test claims made by Hyundai. When in EV mode it will be able to return impressive 93 MPGe that is slightly more than the 88 MPGe that Ford models are able to return.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Review
Let’s talk about the powertrain that is offered here. The 2.0 liter inline four cylinder gasoline engine that can provide 154 hp and 140 pound feet of torque is paired with 50 KW electric motor that gets power from 9.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. Total amount of power that you will be getting from the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is rated to about 202 hp that should be more than enough for most drivers. In the fuel economy department this is one quite good car and is able to return 40 mpg in combined drive cycle while 38/43 mpg city/highway can be easily achieved.
There is no doubt that most car makers believe in hybrid powertrains and Hyundai will also offer a standard non plug-in hybrid model. This version will come with smaller battery pack and 38 kW electric motor instead of 50 kW version we are getting in the plug-in version. Total amount of power it can offer is 193 hp which again is quite good. This model will be able to achieve about 10 percent better fuel economy when compared to its predecessor and if that comes true you can expect to see 42 mpg combined instead of 38 mpg sticker previous model had.
Exterior design has been changed slightly so that it would offer better aerodynamics. It does come with a more conservative looks but still is quite nice and attractive. With changes to the front and rear segments Hyundai managed to lower the drag coefficient to 0.24. When compared with other models in the lineup the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid plug-in version brings different grille and charging port that is located on the front segment of the driver’s side.
Release Date Of 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
Price has not been disclosed but we do not expect significant increase over the standard hybrid version mainly because it needs to stay competitive. Base version of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be priced at slightly more than $26,000 so expect the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid to come with few thousand dollar higher price. Release date is set for this year but has not been determined precisely, we only know that both models will come during 2015th.