On February 3, 2016, Hyundai had unveiled the new Sonata plug-in hybrid sedan at the Indian Auto Expo. The previous version of the car was provided only with a petrol engine, but the new version is a hybrid model.
The vehicle inherits Hyundai’s fluidic 2.0 design details with a sharp and radiant look. The latest technology in the interiors comprises of an eight-inch information and entertainment unit along with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.
The safety package includes a range of airbags, ABS, ESC, TC, and many other significant features to attract the customers. The new-generation Sonata is powered by a 2.0L GDI four-cylinder gasoline motor in association with 360V electric engine, which is further mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. This combination generates 202 hp of power at 6000rpm. The blend of new carbon footprints, technology and power make Sonata plug-in hybrid 21% more potential than the earlier version.
The new Sonata has the ability to drive the customers crazy making them long for the launch dates. One such sneak peak took place when the next-gen Hyundai Sonata had been spotted during its routine road test. However, not much was revealed as the test mule was under a heavy camouflage. It seems to be so special because Sonata will feature a design, which will be built upon the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ theme. This theme was displayed in the Le Fil Rouge concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018.
Although engine options will vary from market to market, 2020 Sonata is expected to be loaded with HAD (Highway Drive Assist) with level 2 autonomous driving system along with a 12.3-inch digital display cluster. Hyundai might also take a bold step and introduce an all-electric variant, though there is very little news on that. The next-gen Hyundai Sonata, which is expected to launch by 2019, includes both naturally articulated and turbocharged motors, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.
In India, they have discontinued Sonata’s older versions due to poor sales volume, which has dropped by at least ten units per month. OEMs have suffered a great loss in the past as the market is not very generous to the premium sedans from the mainstream. Until now, there is no word of confirmation about the launch of the Sonata in the Indian market. By any chance, if it does release, it will definitely pose a threat to the likes of Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Skoda Superb and VW Passat.