NAIAS 2015: Hyundai Unveils 2016 Sonata Hybrid, PHEV

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
naias 2015 hyundai unveils 2016 sonata hybrid phev

Aside from its Santa Cruz trucklet concept, Hyundai also unveiled both the Sonata Hybrid and the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

Power for the standard hybrid is provided by a downsized 2-liter Nu GDI four mated to a six-speed automatic with integrated 38 kW electric motor and clutch. The combination produces a net figure of 193 horsepower from the four’s 154 horses and the motor’s 51. Torque is 140 lb-ft for the four-cylinder, 151 lb-ft for the electric motor. Electric power is drawn from a 1.62 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack mounted under the trunk floor.

Meanwhile, the Sonata PHEV uses the same Nu GDI as the hybrid model, but has a 50 kW electric motor and a 9.9 kWh lithium polymer pack instead. Net output is 202 horsepower.

Fuel economy is expected to range from a combined 42 mpg for the hybrid, to 40 mpg with the PHEV, 93 MPGe in EV mode. Recharging for the latter takes between 2.5 to five hours depending on voltage used. Electric-only range is 22 miles before the gasoline engine takes over.

Both Sonatas have improved aero for both reduced drag and to distinguish themselves from the standard Sonata. Both also come in two colors — Graphite Blue Pearl and Seaport Mist — and offer two tones for cloth and leather, as well as a Blue Pearl leather option that includes matching stitching and trim.

Features shared by both vehicles include: driver’s knee airbag; electronic stability; forward collision warning; Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration; and rearview camera. The PHEV adds a smartphone app for monitoring charging, as well as remote start and other real-time data.

The Sonata Hybrid is set to go on sale this summer, with the PHEV to follow in a handful of states later this year. Both models will arrive via container from Hyundai’s plant in Asan, South Korea.

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  • Seth1065 Seth1065 on Jan 12, 2015

    Wow that grill looks really really bad , well maybe not the whole grill but the H looks glued on and a last minute afterthought

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    • Force Force on Jan 13, 2015

      @shaker That's exactly what's behind the black plate, though.

  • I'm not a fan of the girills on either the Sonata or the Genesis. They are ridiculously Gawdy.

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    • Bd2 Bd2 on Jan 13, 2015

      Then you must really like Toyota/Lexus grills.

  • MaintenanceCosts Amazing that it has managed to stay upright for nearly 40 years!
  • EBFlex Big mistake. The Cherokee was unique in the segment. Premium features (like full LED lighting), best infotainment in the industry, actual capability (towing up to 4500 pounds) and great fuel economy (over 30 with the V6). And it was priced very competitively. Another huge mistake by Stellantis.
  • Rna65689660 Late last September US 2 from St. Ignace, MI to Everett, WA.
  • Tassos I find it ridiculous to call any of these later, less luxurious, less substsantial (compared to their 1940s-1960s glorious ancestors) Lincolns "rare rides".There was absolutely nothing rare about them. the roads were full of them then.
  • Tassos Highway 1 in CA, both ways (LA to SF)Rheinstrasse in Germany, with spectacular views of the castles distracting the driverAlmost all German Autobahns, over 2 3-day weekends, for a total of 6,000 KMMany European scenic coastal roads, some of them many many times every year (those near my summer home)