Hyundai has released new details and photos of the 2016 Sonata Hybrid, which goes on sale this summer in the US. The new model is estimated to return 42 mpg (5.6 l/100 km) combined, an improvement of more than 10 percent over the previous-generation model.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is expected to achieve an estimated 40 mpg (5.9 l/100 km) in the city and 44 mpg (5.3 l/100 km) on the highway. The hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine rated at 154hp and 140lb-ft (190Nm) of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission that houses an electric motor producing 38kW (51hp) and 151lb-ft (205Nm) of torque.
Hybrid system net power is 193hp at 6,000 rpm. For short periods of time, the car can operate solely on electric power at speeds up to 75 mph (121 km/h) by decoupling the gasoline engine from the rest of the drivetrain.
There’s also a lithium-polymer battery pack with a capacity of 1.62 kWh (a 13 percent improvement on the 2015 model). Since the battery is more compact and located under the trunk floor, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid offers a cargo volume of 13.3 cu-ft (376 liters), up 10 percent over the previous model.
The 2016 Sonata Hybrid is differentiated from other Sonata models thanks to unique wheels and front and rear fascias that improve aerodynamics (the coefficient of drag is just 0.24, identical to the Tesla Model S). Visual changes also include a unique larger grille, new front fenders, front and rear lights, chrome side sill moldings and Hybrid badging.
Inside, a distinctive instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch color LCD multi-purpose display provides drivers with additional information about the hybrid system’s operation. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid will be built at Hyundai’s Asan, South Korea assembly plant.