Hyundai unveils 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Hyundai unveils 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

In a notable move which marks Hyundai's first foray into the plug-in hybrid EV market, the bigwig automaker unveiled its 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the Detroit Auto Show.

The 2016 Sonata PHEV introduced by Hyundai is a gas-electric version of the company's mid-sized Sonata sedan. The sharply designed Sonata PHEV, complemented by a Level 2 charger, will be available in two colors - Seaport Mist and Graphite Blue Pearl - and will offer seat options in leather as well as cloth.

Featuring a six-speed auto transmission with Hyundai's Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device, the 2016 Sonata PHEV is equipped with a 50kWh electric motor 9.8kWh battery pack. The car can travel nearly 22 miles on electric; and is expected to get a combined 93 MPGe rating.

The Sonata PHEV is powered by a 2-liter Nu 4-cylinder GDI engine, which delivers 154 horsepower and 140lb-ft of torque. The estimated city mileage rating of the car is around 38 miles-per-gallon (mpg); while the estimated highway mileage rating is around 43mpg when the car is in charge-sustaining mode. Overall, the car has a combined average of 42 mpg.

Though Hyundai has not yet disclosed the expected price of 2016 Sonata PHEV, the company has revealed that the car is scheduled to hit the markets later this year.