Fresh off the launch of the all-new Sonata at the Mall of Asia last December 15, Hyundai has just unveiled its hybrid counterpart in Seoul, Korea advanced safety and convenience features, a spacious interior and trunk, and an upgraded powertrain that delivers class-leading fuel economy of 18.2 km/ℓ.
"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. 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," said Jin Kwak, Hyundai Motor's Executive Vice President.
Hyundai plans to bring the all-new Sonata Hybrid to major markets outside Korea by the first half of 2015 and is targeting 55,000 units for starters.
The all-new Sonata Hybrid adds and expands the Blue Drive™ sub brand, something the Korean company is keen on boosting through all segments through 2020. Immediately lined up for release next year is a plug-in version of the Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai’s first plug-in model. Also in the pipeline in the latter part of next year is the introduction of the company’s first dedicated hybrid model.
The all-new Sonata Hybrid is powered by a Nu 2.0-liter GDI hybrid engine mated to a 38 kW electric motor that delivers maximum power of 156 PS and torque of 189.2 Nm, which is higher 4 percent and 5.5 percent respectively, compared to the previous model.
Hyundai says the all-new Sonata Hybrid, with the upgraded engine and electric motor, has a fuel consumption of 18.2 km/ℓ.
The innovative six-speed automatic transmission uses a highly-efficient traction motor while doing away with the torque converter and it reduces drag by using fewer clutch discs for a more efficient transfer and use of power. It also replaces the oil pump with an electric pump to prevent hydraulic losses. The entire transmission system houses almost all of the hybrid powertrain components within the transmission, minimizing energy losses and maximizing fuel economy.
In terms of size, the all-new Sonata Hybrid is longer (+35 mm) and wider (+30 mm), with a longer wheelbase (+10 mm) and all that extra space is used for better interior ergonomics. It also features highly advanced safety systems including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and a new knee bag to prevent injury in the event of a collision.