With cosmetic upgrades and addition of hybrid technology, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is estimated to be priced around Rs 30 lakh.
The US-Spec 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes from the 199bhp, 2.0 litre Nu four-cylinder GDI engine.
The mid-size premium sedan space in India slowly lost ground as SUVs took the centre stage. But it seems the segment is reviving with old nameplates returning to India. Lately, Honda re-launched Accord in hybrid version to take on the likes of Toyota Camry that is available with hybrid technology. Another model that is likely to follow the same route is the Sonata sedan from Hyundai that was put on display at the 2016 Auto Expo. The South Korean carmaker showcased the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at the biennial event with styling changes and additional equipment over the defunct model.
That said the 2017 Hyundai Sonata will get the hybrid technology, if launched in India. It is to be noted that Sonata hybrid is already on sale in the North American market where it is offered with six-speed automatic gearbox which is paired to Hyundai’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED). Additionally, the 2.0 litre Nu four cylinder GDI engine powers the sedan that produces a combined power of 199bhp (engine + TMED). As for the recharge, the sedan can be charged at a 240V level-two charging station for three hours and for 9 hours at a 120V outlet. Read – 2017 Hyundai Verna – All You Need To Know
Expected to come with hybrid technology, Sonata is likely to be priced higher than the previous model. Taking into consideration the cosmetic tweaks and addition of hybrid technology, the new Sonata price is estimated to be Rs 30 lakh. It is to be noted that if launched in India, Sonata Hybrid will benefit from the Government’s FAME scheme for the hybrid & electric cars. Check Out – Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
As for the launch, there is yet no official confirmation from the carmaker, but reports in media opine that Hyundai could launch the sedan either by end of this year or at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Power on the US-Spec Sonata Hybrid comes from the 2.0 litre Nu four-cylinder GDI engine coupled to Hyundai’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) that works with the six-speed automatic transmission. In terms of power, the 2.0 litre, Nu four cylinder engine makes 152bhp of power and the combined power of the engine and TMED is gauged at 199bhp at 6,000rpm. As for the India-bound model, Hyundai has not revealed any details yet, but we will keep our readers posted as soon as there is an official announcement.
The Sonata hybrid on sale in the North USA market is claimed to return 38.26kmpl, however the mileage number for the Indian market is unknown yet.
– HID Xenon headlights
– LED DRLs
– LED Tail lamps
– Lumbar support for driver’s seat
– Electrically adjustable driver’s seat
– Memory function for driver’s seat
– 8.0-inch navigation system
– Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
– Infinity premium audio system
Dimensionally, the sedan will measure 4,855mm in length, 1,865mm in width and 1,470mm in height. Wheelbase on the other hand will be around 2,805mm long, implying a spacious cabin.
In line with other vehicles in Hyundai’s portfolio, Sonata will sport the fluidic 2.0 design language. That said it is expected that the new Sonata will be sharper in looks as compared to the defunct model. As for the US-spec model, it gets HID Xenon headlights in front, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps at the rear. Sporting a long wheelbase of 2,805mm, the cabin is spacious, with comfortable space for the occupants. In terms of features, the US spec model packs power operated driver’s seat with lumbar support & memory function, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto smartphone integration, 8.0 inch navigation system and Infinity premium audio system. It is expected that some of these features will be offered in the India-spec model, while may be left out.
In the Indian market, Sonata Hybrid will go up against newly launched Honda Accord hybrid and Toyota Camry hybrid.