The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid wasn’t the only vehicle unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show as the South Korean manufacturer also brought the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. This model uses a downsized 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine that delivers 154 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Moreover, the vehicle carries an electric motor that produces 38 kW (51 hp) and 151 lb-ft of torque, as well as a lithium-polymer battery pack with a capacity of 1.62 kWh, which is located under the trunk floor.
The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 193 hp at 6,000 rpm. Hyundai expects the vehicle to return a fuel economy of 44 mpg on the highway, 39 mpg in the city and 42 mpg combined.
When it comes to design, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid comes with several visual changes such a unique larger grille, new front and rear bumpers, new front fenders, front and rear lights and chrome side sill moldings, as well as Hybrid badges and new wheels.
Two exclusive exterior paint options will be offered: Graphite Blue and Seaport Mist. The interior features a distinctive instrument cluster with color LCD which provides additional information about the hybrid system’s operation, gray or beige cloth or leather seating configurations and a new Blue Pearl option for leather seats.
According to Hyundai, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid is offered as standard with iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks, SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth phone connectivity with phonebook transfer and voice-recognition. As an option, there is an 8.0-inch navigation system with downloadable apps, HD radio and Infiniti premium audio system with next-gen Blue Link telematics. [source: Hyundai]