• Mar 26, 2010
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue Drive– Click above to enlarge

Next Wednesday at the New York Auto Show, Hyundai will unveil its first U.S. market hybrid model based on the just released Sonata sedan, which thoroughly impressed us during our recent review. Unlike the Fusion and Camry hybrids which are barely distinguishable from their conventional counterparts, the Sonata Hybrid gets a completely new front fascia. The new look adds a massive lower grille inspired by the Blue-Will Concept that shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

We believe the Sonata hybrid will retain the same 2.4-liter direct injected inline-four found in the sedans that are on sale now. However, it may be re-tuned to operate on the more efficient Atkinson cycle like other hybrids. Unlike the gas-electrics from Ford and Toyota, Hyundai's system is expected to use a conventional six-speed automatic gearbox in conjunction with a 30 kilowatt electric motor.

The Sonata hybrid and a range-topping gasoline 2.0-liter turbo model will both be revealed during a live video webcast on HyundaiMediaLive.com at 1:35pm on Wednesday, March 31. Following the presentation, CEO John Krafcik and sales VP Dave Zuchowski will be online to answer questions from the audience. You can submit your questions now at the site and tune in Wednesday for answers.



[Source: Hyundai]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yikes that's ugly. And here I thought they were on a roll, styling-wise. Hybrid FAIL!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought this car looked good from all the pictures but after seeing a few of them in real life I cant say they look good anymore. Maybe it was the tiny base wheels and tires or something? Wheels and tires can really set the tone for a cars stance overall look....but still, this car looks uglier in person. Too busy with all the lines from the front to back of the trunk. Ugly...imho
        • 4 Years Ago
        hm.. most people find new sonata looks better in person. including me. the melting front is less exaggerated in person. i saw few of them on Edens and it turned people's heads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Meh, all automakers must've signed a pact to uglify their hybrids. I haven't seen a single decent looking one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's obviously "European" like the chance of your name not to sound Korean
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is awesome! love the way they are using a different grill!
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW, thats a nice Chrystler!
      • 4 Years Ago
      will it have a different taillight too? that would even be better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm no engineer, but doesn't the hybrid system from Toyota/Ford REQUIRE a CVT? Is this going to be more like the Honda mild hybrid system?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That system uses a planetary gearset to function as an IVT, but uses two motors.

        I guess we will see come next Wednesday.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if Hyundai will offer two versions of the turbo 2.0?
      Say a regular fuel, PZEV 240hp version, in addition to a TURBO version-290hp.

      Then the lineup for '11.5 or '12 would be 190hp PZEV GLS version
      240hp Limited
      290hp SE
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, I wasn't talking about 'combined' rating of hybrid system.
        Fuel system limitation?
        Wouldn't Hyundai use the 'big' version of the 6 speed automatic [6f33,36,40 vs. 6f23,26]

        I guess it would be cheaper to not have to certify two engine configurations.

        What about Hyundai using an 'awd' system? ala Haldex
        • 4 Years Ago
        "There's NO CHANCE for the 2.0 turbo gas theta to produce more than 260 hp." -Jermey Clarkson

        Uhm... sorry to break your expectations... but they have already produced 286HP 2.0GDI turbo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's NO CHANCE for the 2.0 turbo gas theta to produce more than 260 hp.

        I MEAN WHEN I SAY THINGS LIKE THIS, so trust me.

        If you're talking about the hp rating of gas and motor combined, then yes. It would easily outscore 260 ratings... but I'm not so sure if it would go any more than 300+ combined.

        What I heard is that the gas turbo rating is gonna be equivalent in power of about 240 ponies, since the pwr capacity of the new 6spd sits around 285-90 horses
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the overall shape I'm imagining is correct, then this car may look nice..

      • 4 Years Ago
      http://image.automobilemag.com/f/auto_shows/6688808+w440/04_det_01+2005_hyundai_hcd_8_concept+front_side_view.jpg

      Hyundai's HCD8 started in 03 and concept version was shown in 2004.


      so actually, if anything Ford is copying Hyundai.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is that Peugeot wearing a Hyundai badge?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hyundai has been using Hexagon grill since 2006 concepts. and no, Peugeot grill is not hexagon. and if you are going to fault Hyundai for using a big uni grill treatment than what about mazda, mitsu, and audi?

        it just a trend.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, the giant mess of a curvy chrome grill on the new Sonata is the only thing I dislike about it, so this could be a huge improvement.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        I'm intrigued by it keeping the 6-speed auto, too...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        This seems to be an improvement over the mildly overwrought grill on the gasoline model.

        Looks simple & futuristic...
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://image.automobilemag.com/f/auto_shows/6688808+w440/04_det_01+2005_hyundai_hcd_8_concept+front_side_view.jpg

      Hyundai's HCD8 started in 03 and concept version was shown in 2004.


      so actually, if anything Ford is copying Hyundai.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks quite distinct from the regular Sonata.
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