The new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the first hybrid for the company and the first with lithium-polymer batteries and a 6-speed automatic transmission in the country, will start at $29,999.
The automaker also announced the Sonata Hybrid would be available with a high-tech premium package for an additional $4,500 when the car hits Canadian dealerships this spring.
Regardless of equipment, all Sonata Hybrid vehicles are rated to consume an estimated 5.5 L/100 km in the city and 4.6 L/100 km on the highway.
“The launch of the Sonata Hybrid completes Hyundai’s aggressive push into the competitive intermediate segment,” said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada.
“It’s also one of the most advanced vehicles we’ve ever built. With lithium-polymer batteries, the Sonata Hybrid leapfrogs the competition by utilizing the best battery technology.” Kelleher added the Sonata Hybrid would also differ from its competitors by utilizing a 6-speed automatic transmission.
“Putting an automatic in our Sonata Hybrid simply makes sense as it’s what consumers are most familiar with. We also optimized the vehicle to deliver the best highway fuel economy, where most customers spend a majority of their time.”
The Sonata Hybrid is available in one trim with an optional premium package. The base Sonata Hybrid well with six airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, a 6-speaker audio system with MP3 and auxiliary input, proximity entry with push button start, an advanced LCD trip computer and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The premium package adds leather seating, heated rear seats, navigation system with voice activation, backup camera, an Infinity 7-speaker audio system with amplifier, 17-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof.
The combination of re-shaped front and rear fascias with a deeper air dam, extended rocker panels and lower drag wheels allow air to flow around the body with less resistance. The estimated drag coefficient for the Sonata Hybrid is one of the lowest in the industry at just 0.25, which is more slippery than most sports cars including the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (0.34) and the 2011 Nissan GT-R (0.27).