2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV promises 27-mile electric range with a $34,600 price tag

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 16, 2015

The long wait is over for those eager to get their hands on the new MY2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This new offering from the South Korean carmaker is arriving at select dealerships at a starting price of $34,600 – a competitive price tag for a compelling vehicle powered by an alternative powertrain. Meanwhile, the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Limited costs $38,600.

Its plug-in hybrid powertrain is comprised of a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine and a 50kW electric motor. This system features a total output of 202 hp at 6,000, with the Nu engine contributing 154 hp and 140 lb. ft. of torque.

At 50kW of output, the electric motor on the Sonata PHEV is around 32 percent more powerful than the one found on the Sonata Hybrid (38 kW). Sonata PHEV’s electric motor also enables the vehicle to go all-electric at higher engine load and speeds and offers an class-leading 27-mile All-Electric Range (AER).

Providing juice to this motor is a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery system that is around five times larger than the battery in the Sonata Hybrid. This battery helps the Sonata PHEV return a class-leading 99 MPGe combined in charge-depleting EV mode.

Once power is depleted, the battery system can be recharged using an external electric power source through either a Level-One 120V power outlet (less than nine hours) or a Level-Two 240V charging station (less than three hours).

Aside from its core, what also makes the Sonata PHEV an exciting car to purchase is its aerodynamic exterior design and best-in-class interior space as well as its premium features and advanced safety technology.

It offers a wide array of standard equipment – wider than those found in its rivals – including hands-free Smart Trunk, 17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels, Dimension premium audio system, Blind Spot Detection System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and an eight-inch touchscreen navigation.

Of course, the 2016 Sonata PHEV is also laden with several active safety technologies. In fact, the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited is equipped with Forward Collision Warning, Automatic High Beam Assist, rear parking sensors and Lane Departure Warning.

Nonetheless, the Sonata PHEV comes with a number of technologies that provide comfort and convenience to drivers and passengers alike -- heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, driver memory seat and power front seats with four-way adjustable driver lumbar as well as Smart Cruise Control featuring full stop capability and electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold.

Even if a Sonata PHEV owner is out of the vehicle, he or she still can manage and monitor the mid-size plug-in hybrid through the Blue Link smartphone app. For instance, the sedan’s charging schedule could be managed by setting a certain date and time to take advantage of off-peak electric rates.

The apps also come with a three-year complimentary trial to Blue Link Connected Care with Charge Management. Hyundai is building the Sonata PHEV at its site in Asan, South Korea. It will be shipped for sale to selected states like California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Because of its nature, the Sonata PHEV makes its buyers eligible for a $4,919 federal tax credit, which means that the amount of federal tax they are liable for is now lower. Some states offer additional local incentives like, financial incentives, utility rate reductions and high-occupancy vehicle lane exemptions.

Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America, remarked that the 2016 Sonata PHEV, as Hyundai’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, provides drivers with the power of a conventional engine for long trips and the environment-friendly convenience of all-electric driving. He noted that aside from delivering efficient hybrid operation, the plug-in hybrid system gets rid of range anxiety as it allows the car to drive as far as 600 miles.

Press Release

2016 HYUNDAI SONATA PLUG-IN HYBRID DELIVERS CLASS-LEADING 27-MILE ALL-ELECTRIC RANGE

This week the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) arrives in select dealerships with a competitively priced and compelling product that boasts a class-leading 27-mile All-Electric Range (AER). The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid offers the efficiency of an alternative powertrain with a unique aerodynamic exterior design, best-in-class total interior volume, premium features and advanced safety technology all at an excellent value.

“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.

A 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine coupled with a 50kW electric motor allows the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to operate just like the Sonata Hybrid once the onboard battery charge is depleted. Sonata PHEV’s Nu engine produces 154 horsepower and 140 lb. ft. of torque and the total system output is 202 horsepower 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.

The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid pricing starts at $34,600 for a well-equipped model and offers more standard equipment than competitive segment vehicles, including 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.

Hyundai engineers implemented many active safety technologies for the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to assist drivers and help prevent accidents. Advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beam Assist and rear parking sensors are equipped on the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited. Additional convenient technology one would expect in a luxury vehicle is available on this incredibly efficient mid-size hybrid sedan such as electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold, driver memory seat, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, power front seats with 4-way adjustable driver lumbar and Smart Cruise Control featuring full stop capability.

Owners can manage and monitor the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle remotely via an exclusive Blue Link® smartphone app that includes a three-year complimentary trial to Blue Link Connected Care with Charge Management. With the app, owners are given vehicle charging options they can select while in the car, but users can also manage them remotely via smartphone. For example, users have the option to manage the car’s charging schedule by setting a specific date and time to take advantage of off-peak electric rates.

Highlights of Charge Management Services:

  • Plug and Charge status
  • Time left until fully charged
  • Start or stop charging
  • Set up charging schedule with days of the week and time
  • Existing battery level
  • Real-time electric and fuel range
  • Vehicle diagnostics/status

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is built at the Asan, South Korea plant and will be available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Sonata Plug-in Hybrid buyers will be eligible for a $4,919 federal tax credit; tax credits reduce the amount of federal tax the purchaser is liable for, making them much more valuable than tax deductions. Depending on the particular state, additional local incentives such as high-occupancy vehicle lane exemptions, financial incentives or utility rate reductions may be available.

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