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Hyundai announces 2016 Sonata Hybrid
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Hyundai unveiled its all-new, 2016 Sonata Hybrid at an event in Seoul today, showing off its new looks and detailing some of its improvements. and announcing that, for the first time, a plug-in variant will be produced.

The current hybrid, still on sale in the United States as a 2015 model, is based on the previous-generation Sonata.

While final specifications for the U.S. model have not been released, Hyundai's preliminary numbers point to a longer, wider, roomier and more space-efficient design.

At the core of the all-new Sonata Hybrid will be a completely overhauled parallel hybrid powertrain. Now based on a gasoline direct-injection engine, the hybrid system will make more power (4%) and torque (5.5%) from the same displacement. The electric motor also gets an output boost of 8.6%. While the total system output was not specified, it's likely the new powertrain will slightly more robust on paper than the outgoing model's.

Hyundai has decided to stick with a relatively conventional automatic transmission rather than going to a CVT/planetary setup, but the six-speed is new for 2016.

The battery pack has 13.3% more capacity than the current setup (1.62 kilowatt-hour vs. 1.43), and is now installed beneath the trunk floor allowing for more useful space (including a 60/40 rear seat split not found on the current car) and 10.5% more trunk volume.
 

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It seems more automakers are moving their hybrids from an Atkinson cycle engine and to direct-injection. Which makes it seem more out of place that Ford keeps stating that EcoBoost will not be for hybrids. What does the rest of the industry know that Ford doesn't know?

Also, the New 2016 Sonata Hybrid is also upgrading from a Fusion matching 1.4kWh battery pack to a larger capacity 1.6kWh pack, and opening up trunk space by installing the battery 'under' the trunk floor. While also increasing motor power and overall hp and torque, which used to match the Fusion.

So do we dare expect any mechanical upgrades for the 2016 Fusion Hybrid/Energi models due next year?
 
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