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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. 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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      • 5 Months Ago
      I wonder how the large grill is suppose to improve aerodynamic. It is interesting to see Hyundai hybrid badge using the same blue glow like Toyota and Lexus hybrids.
        • 5 Months Ago
        The big grill is a styling gimmick - but Hyundai is missing a grand opportunity - by not pricing its hybrid under Toyota or Honda - and by not using unique styling - most folks who drive hybrids WANT to be noticed - and this car is rather bland and conventional looking - hey, Hyundai: how about a REALLY UNUSUAL LOOKING hybrid? And why such a large petrol motor? Better yet, why not break new ground, and use a diesel/electric combination?
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jeffzekas: The unique look of hybrid theory has been proven false. Ford Fusion hybrid is selling as good as the Honda Insight with much higher price tag.
      • 5 Months Ago
      "Swim away!"
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why hello tharr pretty face