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Sonata Hybrid

Sonata Turbo
Hyundai drops a few bombs on the midsize sedan market

Hyundai is continuing its steady stream of product updates with two more iterations of the all-new Sonata. We've already discussed the Sonata on a few occasions here on DailyTech, but Hyundai today released official details on both the new Sonata Hybrid and the Sonata Turbo.

First up is the new Sonata Hybrid. The new hybrid features revised front and rear bodywork to make it stand apart from the standard Sonata models. The body revisions also help the Sonata Hybrid to better slip through the air.

Most importantly, however, is the new Hyundai "Hybrid Blue Drive" powertrain. A 169 hp, 2.4-liter four cylinder engine is paired with a 40 hp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The Sonata Hybrid eschews the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is typically used in hybrid vehicles and instead uses a more traditional six-speed automatic transmission.

When all is said and done, the 3,457-pound Sonata Hybrid (263 pounds lighter than the Ford Fusion Hybrid) is able to achieve city fuel economy of 37 mpg and highway fuel economy of 39 mpg. For comparison, the Ford Fusion Hybrid achieves figures of 41 mpg and 36 mpg respectively.

The other big news from Hyundai is the announcement of the Sonata Turbo. We've previously discussed that Hyundai has done away with a V6 engine option for the all-new Sonata. Following the announcement of Sonata Turbo, we can see why. The Sonata Turbo uses a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which develops an impressive 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque (maximum torque is achieved at a low 1,800 rpm) -- all while using regular unleaded gasoline.

Even more embarrassing for its V6-powered competitors like Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord is the fact that the tiny little turbo four surpasses all of them in horsepower and torque figures. The Sonata Turbo will also delivery fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway -- not far off from the standard 198 hp Sonata. For comparison, the closest V6 competitor to the Sonata Turbo in fuel economy is the Honda Accord V6 which is rated at 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

With these two announcements, Hyundai appears to be having no problem at all moving towards the governments goal of increased fuel efficiency for passenger vehicles.



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RE: All I want to know is...
By Alexvrb on 3/31/2010 7:59:12 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't that kill sales of their V6 variant, especially given the potential fuel economy gains? I'm guessing they'll put it in there when they drop the 6 cylinder, perhaps at the next redesign. Or else they'll beef up the V6 too, and sell them side by side - possibly dropping the 4.6L?

Anyway looking at this turbo'd 2.0, it seems kind of like they took the LNF design and improved on it a bit. I hope it's as durable.


RE: All I want to know is...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/31/2010 8:11:26 PM , Rating: 3
The 3.8 V6 is rumored to get direct injection which would push HP from 306 to around 350+. That would leave plenty of distance between it and the Turbo 4. Both powertrains should show up for the '12 refresh.


RE: All I want to know is...
By Alexvrb on 3/31/2010 8:37:17 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting. Where does that leave the 4.6L? They'll have to do some major shuffling. I hope they're not just piling engines out the door. Granted its easier for them to do stuff like this, since they're a smaller, more nimble company, compared to some of the "big dogs" on the block.


By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/31/2010 8:46:24 PM , Rating: 2
Well, Hyundai says that it won't use the V8 in the Genesis Coupe anyway, so you can disregard it.

However, Hyundai is supposedly working on a 5.0-liter version of the 4.6-liter Tau V8 used in the Genesis Sedan which should be good for 400+ HP. The 4.6 currently produces 368 hp.


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