Hyundai’s all-new Sonata Hybrid has been unveiled in its home market of South Korea, with updated styling, improved economy and news of a future addition to the range.
The carmaker says the new model is more aerodynamic than its predecessor, with styling features unique to the hybrid model designed to maximise efficiency.
Combined fuel usage has improved by a maximum 0.5 l/100km (depending on the model and wheel size) to a low of 5.5 l/100km, with power coming from a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine combined with an electric motor.
Outputs for both power plants have increased slightly, with the petrol engine up 5kW to 115kW and the electric motor up 3kW to 38kW.
Torque for the electric motor is unchanged at 205Nm, while the petrol engine gets an additional 10Nm for a new total of 189Nm. Drive is still sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Sonata Hybrid is bigger in every way compared to the outgoing model, with length increasing 35mm to 4855mm and width up 30mm to 1865mm.
The new model is 5mm taller at 1475mm, and the wheelbase has grown 10mm to 2805mm.
"The launch of our all-new Sonata Hybrid, with its class-leading fuel economy and powerful driving performance, comes at a time when eco-friendly vehicles are becoming established as a mainstream car," Hyundai’s Jin Kwak said.
"Our latest offering, based on one of our best-selling models, underscores our efforts to meet the growing popularity of eco-friendly vehicles around the world."
Interesting thoughts - and Hyundai’s announcement that it plans to sell the Sonata Hybrid in “major markets outside Korea from early 2015” means there’s every chance we’ll see it in Australia.
Stay tuned to TMR for more, including technical details for the plug-in hybrid model.
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