The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will offer an 27 miles of all-electric range and can recharge in less than three hours with a Level-Two charger.
It offers the best of both worlds by providing the power delivery of a hybrid gasoline engine, perfect for long trips, with the additional benefit of environmentally friendly all-electric range for commuting. As a result, many consumers will be able to complete their daily commute without using a single drop of fuel, and total estimated range is an impressive 590 miles.
The 2017 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid receives a new exterior color palette early in the 2017 calendar year. It is built at the Asan, South Korea plant and is available now at Hyundai dealers.
A 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, more than five times larger than the Sonata Hybrid’s battery, gives the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid an estimated all-electric range of up to 27 miles, further than any other midsize PHEV sedan.
The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid uses a six-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED), a 50 kW electric motor, in place of a torque converter. The 50 kW electric motor is 32 percent more powerful than the motor used the in Sonata Hybrid and allows EV operation at higher engine load and speed. A 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine coupled with the electric motor allows the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to operate just like the Sonata Hybrid once the onboard battery charge is depleted. Sonata PHEV’s Nu engine produces 154 horsepower and 140 lb. ft. of torque and the total system output is 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.
Sonata PHEV delivers an estimated 99 MPGe combined when operating in EV mode. In hybrid mode, the Sonata PHEV returns an estimated 39 mpg combined. Recharge time ranges from less than three hours at a 240V Level-Two charging station to less than nine hours using a standard 120V outlet.
Sonata Plug-in Hybrid uses the same functional design cues as the Sonata Hybrid to improve its drag coefficient to an industry-leading 0.24 as well as provide visual cues to distinguish the hybrid models from other Sonatas. A distinctive instrument cluster provides Sonata Plug-in Hybrid drivers with additional information about the Plug-in Hybrid’s functions. A charge indicator is located on top of the dashboard to make it easy to see the state of charge from outside the vehicle.
Early in 2017, Sonata Plug-in will offer an all-new exterior color palette, including: Hyper White, Nocturne Black, Metropolis Gray and Skyline Blue. Interior seating color choices include cloth or leather seating configurations in gray or a Blue Pearl option for leather seats. Sonata Plug-in Hybrids equipped with Blue Pearl leather seats will include contrast stitching and trim accent pieces.
BLUE LINK APP
Owners can manage and monitor the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid remotely via the Blue Link smartphone app. With the app, owners can access real-time data from their Sonata PHEV and perform specific commands like starting the engine and locking doors. Plus, users can search for points of interest using Google with voice or text and have the directions when they start their Sonata Plug-in Hybrid.
The most useful feature of the app is managing the car’s charging schedule. Owners are given vehicle charging options that they can select while in the car, but users can also manage them remotely via smartphone. Immediate charge is the simplest option, as charging begins as soon as the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is plugged in.
Individuals that have different electric rates at various times may want to schedule the charge. Users can do that with the new app based on time and date. For example, charging could be set to start at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays on a weekly basis.
2017 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid comes standard with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display, and a rearview camera are also standard. Projector headlamps are standard while HID Xenon headlamps are available.
Hyundai offers many active safety technologies for the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to assist drivers and help prevent accidents. No longer reserved for luxury cars, advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning are also available in this midsize sedan.
Sonata Plug-in Hybrid’s standard advanced Blind Spot Detection system is designed to alert drivers of an approaching vehicle in the next lane if the turn signal is activated. Drivers are first alerted of a vehicle in the blind spot by warning lights in the side mirrors. When the turn signal is activated, the Lane Change Assist system determines the closing speed of any vehicle in the adjacent lane to determine if the lane change is safe. If the system determines the vehicle in the other lane is closing too quickly, it sounds an audible alarm to warn the driver that the lane change is unsafe.
Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) is another feature derived from the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid’s advanced Blind Spot Detection system. RCTA scans the areas to each side of the vehicle when drivers are backing out of parking spaces. If the system detects another vehicle is approaching from the side, the Sonata driver is given an audible alert. This system is another tool that helps Sonata drivers utilize the active safety technology.
An available Lane Departure Warning System uses a forward-facing camera to recognize lane markers. If the system detects the vehicle is headed outside the lane markers, a warning light on the dashboard illuminates and an audible sound alerts the driver.
The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid delivers the convenient technology one would expect in a luxury vehicle in an incredibly efficient mid-size hybrid sedan. Hyundai’s Hands-free Smart Trunk is standard on the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. An electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold, Integrated Memory System for driver’s seat and side mirrors, ventilated front seats, power front seats with adjustable driver lumbar support and Smart Cruise Control featuring stop/start capability are all available on Sonata Plug-in Hybrid.
All Sonata Plug-in Hybrids come standard with an eight-inch color touchscreen navigation system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® smartphone integration, iPod®/USB and auxiliary input jacks, SiriusXM® satellite radio and Bluetooth® phone connectivity with phonebook transfer and voice-recognition. Available upgrades include a nine-speaker Infinity premium audio system with subwoofer and external Infinity® amplifier.
Hyundai’s eight-inch navigation system offers a map and music split-screen display and the ability to record SiriusXM presets 1-6. Switching to a preset station in the middle of your favorite song won’t be an annoyance any longer. Rewind up to 22 minutes to listen to the full song or catch up on a sports broadcast. SiriusXM Travel Link® provides access to traffic information, sports scores, weather, stock prices, fuel prices and local movie times. All Sonata Plug-in Hybrids will also support “Eyes Free” Siri integration, which allows drivers to perform a variety of functions without taking their eyes off the road.
AVAILABILITY AND TAX CREDITS
The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will be distributed in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, but customers in any of the other states can custom order the vehicle at their local Hyundai dealer in any state. Sonata Plug-in Hybrid buyers are currently eligible for a $4,919 federal tax credit. These tax credits reduce the amount of federal tax the purchaser is liable for, making them much more valuable than tax deductions. Local incentives may also be available; for example, the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid qualifies for a $1,500 cash rebate through state-level programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In addition, the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is eligible for HOV-lane access in certain states.
|Sonata Plug-in Hybrid||2.0L Hybrid Engine/Electric Motor||$34,600|
|Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited||2.0L Hybrid Engine/Electric Motor||$38,600|
|Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited with
Blue Pearl Interior
|2.0L Hybrid Engine/Electric Motor||$38,600|
* Freight charges are $835