Hyundai, the South Korean automaker, has started the dealer dispatch of 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The 2016 Hyundai Sonata comes with a class-leading 43 kilometers All-Electric Range (AER). The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is built at the Asan, South Korea plant and will be available in United States of America. The company has refrained from speaking on its India launch and it is still not clear whether it would be launched in India or not.
“The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for Hyundai and gives drivers the best of both worlds by providing the power delivery of a conventional gasoline engine for long trips or vacations with the additional benefit of environmentally-friendly all-electric range for commuting,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The flexibility of this alternative powertrain delivers efficient hybrid operation and eliminates any concerns for range anxiety, while providing an impressive total driving range capable of 600 miles.”
Sonata Plug-in Hybrid’s 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery system is roughly five times larger than the Sonata Hybrid’s battery, and helps it achieve a class-leading 99 MPGe combined in charge-depleting electric vehicle (EV) mode. The larger battery system can be charged via an external electric power source using either a Level-One 120V power outlet in less than nine hours or a Level-Two 240V charging station in under three hours. Talking about features, 2016 Sonata comes with an array of exquisite features such as 17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels, hands-free Smart Trunk, Dimension premium audio system, 8-inch touchscreen navigation and Blind Spot Detection System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
Under he hood, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle comes with a 2.0L, 4-cylinder GDI engine which is coupled with a 50kW electric motor. Sonata PHEV’s Nu engine generates 154bhp of top power and 190Nm of peak torque and the total system output is 202bhp at 6,000 rpm. The power output from the electric motor (50 kW) is 32 percent more powerful than the electric motor applied on the Sonata Hybrid (38 kW) and allows for EV operation at higher engine load and speeds. It returns an incredible fuel economy of 17kmpl with total driving range up to 1062 kilometers.