- Oct 8, 2010
Hyundai on track to release 40-mpg Sonata Hybrid later this year
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
In preparation for the car's appearance in U.S. dealers in late November or early December, 2010, Hyundai showed off the production-ready 2011 Sonata hybrid to journalists (including Autoblog) this week. The hybrid, which will get a price tag closer to the on-sale date, should be rated at 40 miles per gallon highway, thanks to the lithium-ion polymer battery pack, a six-speed automatic transmission and aerodynamic help like active grill shutters and an underbody panel. To compare, the non-hybrid Sonata 2.0T will get 33 mpg highway. In a nice bonus, the hybrid can go up to 62 miles per hour on battery power. Read more about the car here and in our first drive in the prototype. The hybrid will come with an eight-year minimum, "Hyundai-style" warranty, details of which will be announced later. How many Sonata hybrids will Hyundai make? That all depends on customer demand.
As part of the presentation, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik reiterated his company's pledge to hit a 50 mpg fleet average by 2025, but he did say that if the CAFE standard rises to 62 mpg – as is being considered – company officials will need to have a talk with government representatives about what kind of infrastructure needs to be built to support an increase like that. It's not available yet, but an archive of the company's presentation should be posted here soon, and Hyundai has also made available a spanking-new high-res gallery of the car showing off its mildly altered front bumper, new wheels and rich crimson paint.