Hyundai has finally decided that its Sonata Hybrid doesn’t need dramatic styling differences from the standard gasoline model.
The current Sonata Hybrid boasts a much larger, bolder front end compared to its gasoline counterpart but the Korean automaker has decided to make its 2016 Sonata Hybrid carry over the same stylish, sleek design as the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. According to Hyundai, the new Sonata Hybrid is the “result of 27 months of development” and will launch in major markets outside South Korea starting in the first half of next year. The company also announced that it anticipates selling a total of 55,000 total units worldwide next year.
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Under the hood is a 2.0-liter direct injection gasoline engine mated to a 38-kW electric motor. The engine itself provides 154 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor is good for 37 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The Korean automaker hasn’t announced combined system output figures yet and those numbers could change when the Sonata Hybrid arrives in the U.S. Compared to the first-generation Sonata Hybrid, the new model is longer, wider and taller with its wheelbase about 0.4 inches longer. It will be capable of up to 18 miles on electric-only travel with a top speed of 75 MPH.
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