The South Korean brand, the fifth largest automaker in the world when taken with affiliate Kia Motors, has just released pricing details concerning the 2016 Sonata in its plug in hybrid version.
The green model, which can be recharged just like a regular battery-operated electric car but also has the benefit of a great range thanks to the internal combustion engine, will be arriving in dealerships as we speak. The eco version of the 2016 Sonata comes fitted with dual-zone automatic climate control, an infotainment system using an 8-inch display and packing a navigation system or a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Dimension audio system. More features can be had, including the 17-inch “Eco-spoke” alloy wheels, a Blind Spot Detection System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert or the hands-free Smart Trunk. The flagship version – the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited – packs even more goodies: HID Xenon headlights, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery, woodgrain trim and an Infinity premium audio system or the Smart Cruise Control system with top and go function.
Under the hood buyers will find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor that receives power from a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery. Total power is of 202 bhp (150 kW) and the maker brags with its class-leading 27 mile (43.3 km) electric-only autonomy. Charging can be done in no more than three hours using a 240V charging station and prices start at $34,600 and go up to $38,600 when choosing the Limited model. All of them can also receive a $4,919 federal tax credit, though availability will only be limited to California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.