2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid features and photos

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug in Hybrid 1 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug in Hybrid features and photos

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug in Hybrid 3 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug in Hybrid features and photos

Hyundai has launched its very first plug-in hybrid. The North American International Auto Show 2015 in Detroit saw the brand new Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The car will be manufactured at the South Korean plant Asan. The company would start selling the vehicle in select markets this year itself.

Using electric power, the car will travel up to 22 miles. It would be able to recharge in two and a half hours by using a 240V Level 2 charging station. Five hours will be needed if standard 120V outlet is used for charging. A 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery pack, which is five times larger than the battery of Sonata Hybrid, will power up the car. Rather than a torque converter, it uses a 50 kW electric motor. When compared to the motor of Sonata Hybrid, this motor is 32 percent more powerful. This allows EV operation at higher speeds. Moreover, it is armed with a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine. The electric motor that accompanies the engine allows the car to operate similar to Sonata Hybrid when the car runs out of the onboard battery charge. The Nu engine delivers 154 HP and a torque of 140 lb ft. While the total output is 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. It is expected that in the EV mode, Sonata PHEV will give 93 MPGe combined. The figures for the charge sustaining mode would be 43 mpg on the highway, 38 mpg in the city and 40 mpg combined.

PHEV has borrowed its functional design from Hyundai Hybrid. It uses the same concept to improve the drag coefficient to 0.24. The prominent features in the exterior are- a charging port on the driver front fender, front and rear bumpers, unique grille, front fenders, chrome side sill moldings, front and rear lights and new wheels. A charger indicator sits on the top of the dashboard. The car is available in two body paints- Seaport Mist and Graphite Blue Pearl.

The interior shall be offered in Blue Pearl for leather seats. Another option is gray and beige in leather or cloth seating. The interior is also blessed with the Blue Link smartphone app. The most useful feature of the app is to manage the charging schedule of the car. While in the car, the customers can select one of the several charging options. But this can be even done remotely by using a smartphone. The quickest option is the immediate charge- the charging will start as soon as the car is plugged in. Using the Blue Link smartphone app, customers can remotely monitor and manage the vehicle. It gives the privilege of accessing real-time data from the car. Specific commands like locking the doors and starting the engine can be performed. Google is available to search the points of interest with text or voice.

Talking about multimedia, the car is equipped with SiriusXM® satellite radio, iPod®/USB, auxiliary input jacks and Bluetooth® phone connectivity with voice-recognition and phonebook transfer. With SiriusXM Travel Link®, customers can access traffic information, weather, sports scores, stock prices, local movie times and fuel prices. Customers can upgrade to an 8.0-inch navigation system that has downloadable apps. The display has improved touch sensitivity. It can record SiriusXM presets 1-6; users can switch to a preset station while a song is being played. Another useful feature is Infinity premium audio system provided with next-generation Blue Link® telematics. The car is utmost convenient with hands-free Smart Trunk, electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold, heated steering wheel , a driver memory seat, LED interior lights, power front seats featuring 4-way adjustable driver lumbar, ventilated front seats and Smart Cruise Control with full stop capability.

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