Hyundai has released this teaser image of the Sonata hybrid that will be unwrapped at the New York Auto Show, which will open its doors to the press on 31st March. From it, we can tell that Hyundai’s first hybrid doesn’t share the same face with the regular Sonata. The wavy chrome grill is replaced by a big “gaping mouth” with a “winged” blue backed H logo above it, and the shape of the headlights and foglights are also unique. There are also snaky LED driving lamps residing inside the headlamp clusters.
Not much is revealed for now, but the Sonata hybrid is speculated by some to have a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a 40 bhp electric motor powered by lithium-polymer batteries supplied by LG Electronics. Apparently it will use a revised version of the Sonata’s six-speed automatic transmission, not a CVT. Stay tuned for more.