Both the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid use the same 2.0-liter base engine coupled with an electric motor. In the plug-in hybrid, the electric motor is 68 horsepower rather than just 51 horsepower.
Coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the PHEV can travel up to 22 miles on electric power. The 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack can recharge in 5 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet, and less than 3 hours with a Level 2 (240-volt) charging station.
The plug-in hybrid Sonata is expected to be rated at 93 MPGe combined, with 38 city and 43 highway MPG in charge-sustaining mode.
With an upgraded aero-kit and front fascia, the drag coefficient is 0.24 – lowest in the segment.
The Sonata PHEV will come in two plug-in electric specific colors: Graphite Blue Pearl and Seaport Mist.
Apparently, although yet to be seen, blue leather seats will be an option.