The 2015 Detroit Auto Show was the place chosen by Hyundai to launch its first plug-in hybrid model, the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This new model uses a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine producing 154 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a 50kW electric motor. The total output delivered by the system is 202 hp at 6,000 rpm.
Moreover, the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) uses a six-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) as well as a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery pack. According to Hyundai, the battery can store enough energy to offer an all-electric range of up to 22 miles.
Sonata PHEV is expected to deliver 93 MPGe combined in EV mode, 38 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined. Charging the battery takes from two and a half hours at 240V Level 2 charging station to five hours using a standard 120V outlet.
Regarding the design, the 2016 Sonata PHEV can be easily distinguished from the hybrid Sonata models and features a charging port on the driver front fender, a unique front grille, new front and rear bumpers, front genders, new front and rear lights, as well as chrome side sill moldings.
And this is not all as the vehicle arrives with Hybrid badging and new wheels. Inside, the distinctive instrument cluster offers additional information about the PHEV system’s functions, while a charge indicator is located on top of the dashboard.
Only two exterior paint colours options will be available on the Sonata PHEV: Graphite Blue Pearl and Seaport Mist. Inside, the color choices include gray and beige in cloth or leather seating configurations and a new Blue Pearl option for leather seats.