Hyundai has taken the wraps off the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid at this year’s NAIAS in Detroit. It looks a lot like the conventional-powered model but upon closer inspection you will notice a few aerodynamic tweaks such as the revised front & rear bumpers, reworked fenders and a slightly different front grille. There’s also more chrome trim, aero-optimized alloy wheels and modified headlight and taillight graphics. The interior cabin now has a charge indicator on the dashboard while the instrument cluster has also received a few minor updates.
Most importantly, the vehicle is motivated by a plug-in hybrid setup encompassing a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter GDI engine working together with a lithium-polymer battery that has a capacity of 9.8 kWh. Also part of the system is a 6-speed automatic gearbox which has a built-in electric motor. This hardware arrangement grants the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid with a combined output of 202 bhp (150 kW) and it will do up to 35.4 km (22 miles) on electric power.
When used as a hybrid, the vehicle will return 38 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg in the combined cycle while in EV mode it’s rated at 93 MPGe. Charging the battery pack will take two and a half hours when using a 240V Level 2 charger while from a 120V outlet it will take five hours.