Hyundai at the NAIAS 2015

Detroit ( USA), January 13, 2015

The South Korean automaker Hyundai at the Detroit Motor Show ( 12 to 25 January 2015) two novelties in the luggage. The midsize sedan Sonata ( in Germany with the i40 is comparable ) as a plug-in hybrid, which is to go in select markets during the year in the sale. Secondly, can be found on the exhibition stand is a compact pickup truck concept called Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Concept and target group

With the Santa Cruz Hyundai designed a " CUV ( City Utility Vehicle) " and to also equal the appropriate target group: "Urban Adventurers ", young adults who live "in the city, want to transport wood for campfires with friends to train with a football team or short times would like to bring waste to a recycling center. "

Bulky appearance, low consumption

The compact pick-up has four doors, five seats and a cargo area. The headlights are kept in a honeycomb pattern and the front end features LED fog lamps. The lateral line is dominated by giant wheels. To propel the pick-up has a two-liter turbo diesel under the huge bonnet with hexagon grille. This engine will develop 190 hp and pass the force over a four-wheel drive system to the wheels. The developers expect while fuel consumption of 6.3 liters per 100 kilometers. If and when the study could become a reality, is not known.

Sonata is the Stromer

Much closer to the reality is that the Sonata with plug-in hybrid. The mid-size sedan gets to the two-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 154 hp a 50 kW ( 68 hp ) electric motor transplanted under the bodywork. This is powered by a 9.8 kilowatt hours of comprehensive lithium-polymer battery. This should be possible up to 35 kilometers exclusively in electric driving. If the battery is charged, the Sonata with plug-in hybrid will be content with just 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. Is the electrical energy storage empty, the consumption increases to 5.9 liters. An American household connection with 120 volts, the battery charging time should be about five hours.

USA Price and opportunities German

What the Sonata is expected to cost with plug, is not fixed yet. A Sonata Hybrid technology without external loading feature is the United States from $ 26,000 ( 22,000 euros ) available. Whether a plug-in system is planned for the German counterpart i40, Hyundai reveals not also. So far, there is the i40 in Germany even as a normal hybrid. (ml)