Hyundai’s second generation Sonata Hybrid was unveiled in Seoul, South Korea as the company targets to gain a position as leading automaker in the eco friendly car market by 2020. The Sonata Hybrid will be joined next year by a Plug-in Hybrid variant.
Sonata Hybrid has been under development for over two years with investments of close to 180 billion Won ($164 million or Rs 1,035 crores). Slated for launch in countries outside Korea in early 2015 the company targets sales of 55,000 units during the next year.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is powered by petrol engine in conjunction with electric motor, together delivering fuel efficiency of 5.5 liters per 100 km or 18.2 kmpl. The 2.0 liter four cylinder engine offers 154 hp peak power and 189 Nm torque while 51 hp, 205 Nm torque is delivered by electric motor. The setup is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes in with a new exterior and interior design. New front fascia, new mesh grille and a set of unique tail lamps are seen on the model while lip spoiler and rear diffuser are also new. Sitting on a choice of 16” or 17” alloy wheels the new Sonata Hybrid measures 4,855 mm in length, 1,865 mm in width, and 1,475 mm in height.
Safety and convenience features include Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist while the Sonata Hybrid receives a new knee bag to prevent injury in the event of collision.