Hyundai Motor Company has taken the wraps off the all-new 2015 Sonata Hybrid model in Seoul, Korea. The company would also showcase this hybrid saloon at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show in January and might consider launching it in India as a potential competitor to its arch rival Toyota Camry. The Sonata hybrid saloon with an updated powertrain yeilds a class-leading fuel economy of 18.2 kmpl.
“The launch of our all-new Sonata Hybrid, with its class-leading fuel economy and powerful driving performance, comes at a time when eco-friendly vehicles are becoming established as a mainstream car,” Mr. Jin Kwak, Hyundai Motor’s Executive Vice President, said during his welcome speech today. “Our latest offering, based on one of our best-selling models, underscores our efforts to meet the growing popularity of eco-friendly vehicles around the world.” The all-new Sonata Hybrid, the result of 27 months of development and an investment of approximately 180 billion Won (KRW), is scheduled to launch in major markets outside Korea, starting in the first half of 2015. Hyundai Motor targets to sell a total of 55,000 units next year with Korea getting 18,000 units, while 37,000 units are reserved for several international markets.
The all-new Sonata Hybrid is powered by an efficient Nu 2.0L GDI hybrid engine mated to a 51 bhp electric motor. The gasoline engine delivers maximum power and torque of 154 bhp and 189Nm, up 4 percent and 5.5 percent respectively, compared to the previous model. The 51 bhp electric motor also delivers 8.6 percent improved maximum power, with maximum torque of 205 Nm. The all-new Sonata Hybrid will be joined next year by a Plug-in Hybrid variant of the Sonata, which will be Hyundai Motor’s first Plug-in Hybrid. The company also plans to introduce its first dedicated Hybrid model in the second half next year. With the addition of the Plug-in Hybrid version, Hyundai Motor will offer a complete range of eco-friendly models, further boosting the model’s popularity.