Hyundai has finally released the details of the gas-electric hybrid version of its much popular Sonata. The good news is that the vehicle is now more powerful than before and comes with a cheaper price tag.
The revised hardware of the 2013 Sonata hybrid has an improved Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG), which is now 10.5kW (the 2012 version has a HSG of 8.5 kW).
The latest version of the hybrid also comes with an improved electric motor, jumping from 30 kW to 35 kW and has a more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery that replaces the 34 kW battery in the 2012 model.
The improved hardware also pushes the 2013 Sonata Hybrid to 36 MPG in the city, 40 MPG on the highway and has a combined rating of 38 MPG.
The automaker also has put in efforts to improve the machine’s software, with revised driving pattern detection and engine on/off logic.
Well, the new Sonata hybrid has everything better but still the base price of the car has been lowered by $200. Moreover, the automaker is promising a ‘lifetime’ warranty on the battery.
The regular Sonata hybrid (2013) is priced at $25,650, which is $200 less than the current market model of Sonata Hybrid. Where as the new fancy Sonata Hybrid Limited will be available at $30,550.