If you are a fan of green cars, especially those that come with elegant and attractive design, comfortable interior and superb performance, then the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is something you shouldn’t miss. The all new and improved 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will have its premiere there and its release should follow shortly after. The new model already debuted in Korea, so we have some information about its future specs. Of course, not all is known at the moment, but judging by the currently available data, the new model will be simply stunning. The 2016 green car will come with a new and improved exterior design, which will surely amaze you, even though it is not as bold and aggressive as you might have expected. Also, the interior should be improved. However, the design changes are not what matters the most on this model. It is its powertrain. The new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will come with new plug-in hybrid setup which will provide outstanding performance. Also, its fuel economy will be quite improved. Therefore, there is no reason why the new model wouldn’t be one of the most popular green cars in its market nice once it is released.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Design Improvements
The new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will come with a refreshed exterior change. The model’s appearance will remain recognizable, but it will look more modern and attractive. The facelift, however, will not be radical, but subtle and steady. Most of the changes will occur at the front end, while the rear end and sides will be only slightly improved. The design improvements include a new mash grille, redesigned and dominant front bumper, new air intakes and restyled headlights. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid will feature standard HID headlights and LED daytime running lights. Also, the model will look more aggressive and robust, but at the same time it will keep its refined and smooth lines. These cosmetic changes will not only look good; they will also improve the model’s performance. All of the exterior changes were designed to look attractive and also reduce the drag coefficient and improve the cooling thus helping the model perform better. Maybe that’s the reason why the new design isn’t as bold and extraordinary as we expected. Most of the hybrid models look far more futuristic than their regular counterpart, so we were quite surprised to see the new Sonata Hybrid. However, the surprise was pleasant – the sedan looks elegant, dominant and attractive; a true model you would want to own and use daily. As for the interior, a photo speaks a thousand words.
New & Improved Powertrain & Performance
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will come with impressive powertrain. It will be powered by a direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of generating 154 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. The new unit will be paired with a 38-kW electric motor that comes with lithium-polymer battery pack. The capacity of the latter is 1.62 kWh and it is placed under the trunk floor. This plug-in hybrid setup will provide superb performance. Aside from the relatively high power output, which guarantees an interesting, comfortable and fun drive, the new Sonata Hybrid is also said to come with impressive fuel economy. The exact figures are unknown at the time, but judging by the results of the Korean-cycle test, the new sedan will probably come with the EPA fuel economy of around 43 mpg combined. Keep in mind that this number is only estimation, so we will have to wait a bit more to find out the exact specs of the new sedan.
U.S-Spec Sonata Hybrid Premiere & Release
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will have its American premiere next January at the 2015 NAIAS. Its release is expected sometime during spring 2015. As for the price, there is no official information yet.