The Hyundai Sonata is a mid-size car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 1985. The first generation Sonata was introduced in 1985, which was a facelifted Stellar with an engine upgrade, and was withdrawn from the market in two years due to poor customer reactions. Well, time has passed and things have changed, as the Asian company has just launched a hybrid version of seventh generation Sonata at home, in Seoul.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine which develops 156 HP (115 kW) and 139 lb-ft (189 Nm). This is assisted by an electric motor producing some extra 52 HP (38 kW) and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) of torque. Compared to its predecessor, the new version of the Sonata is definitely more efficient because fuel consumption has been lowered by 0.5 liters / 100 km to just 5.5 liters / 100 km (42.7 mpg US or 51.3 mpg UK).
The Hyundai Sonata hybrid features a brand new six-speed automatic gearbox characterized by a lighter torsion damper, an electric oil pump and a new engine clutch. On the other hand, the torque converter has been removed. In addition, the capacity of the lithium-ion battery pack has been raised by 13.3 percent to 1.62 kWh and is hosted under the trunk which has a bigger cargo capacity by 10.5 percent to 380 liters. The vehicle also has some defining elements which make it noticeable on the auto market.
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