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.
2016 Sonata Hybrid has seven standard airbags, which include a new knee airbag for the driver. Also coming in as standard are Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with separate tire pressure displays, and a rear-view camera. Projector headlights come standard with optional HID headlamps available.
The Hyundai engineering team has implemented numerous active safety advances for the 2016 Sonata Hybrid to help drivers in preventing accidents. Not just for luxury cars anymore, innovative safety advances like Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, and a Lane Departure Warning System all are available in this midsized sedan.
The advanced Sonata Hybrid Blind Spot Detection system has engineering designed to warn drivers of an oncoming vehicle in the adjacent lane when the turn signal goes on. This Lane Change Assist tech is exclusive to the segment as an active safety element. Drivers get an initial alert if a vehicle enters their blind spots by alarm lights in the side mirrors. When activating the turn signal, the Lane Change Assist calculates the closing speed of any automobile in the next lane to decide if it is safe to change lanes.
If the system establishes that the other vehicle is getting close too quickly, an audible alert sounds, warning the driver that it is not safe to change lanes. The Lane Departure Warning employs a forward camera to detect lane markers. If it senses that the vehicle moving beyond those lane markers, a light on the instrument panel illuminates and an audible alarm warns the driver.
The Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) is one more aspect from the advanced 2016 Sonata Hybrid Blind Spot Detection system. The RCTA inspects the areas along either side of the Sonata Hybrid as drivers back out from parking spaces. If the system senses another vehicle approaching from along its side, it audibly alerts the Sonata driver. This is one more tool that assists Sonata drivers in using the active safety tech.
The 2016 Sonata Hybrid provides the accessible technology anyone would expect from a luxury car in an extremely efficient mid-sized hybrid sedan. The hybrid can now come with Hyundai’s hands-free Smart Trunk as well as with an electronic parking brake with an auto vehicle hold, a driver memory seat, sunshades for the rear windows, heated steering wheel, interior LED lights, ventilated front seats, power front seats with four-way adjustable lumbar support for the driver, and Smart Cruise Control with full-stop ability.