The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be the first to use lithium-polymer batteries.
Sadly, we can only offer this sneak peek at the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybid Blue Drive, the Korean maker’s first gas-electric model to reach U.S. shores, but what you’ll likely first notice isn’t the hybrid powertrain – which remains hidden beneath the skin – but the sedan’s distinctive front end, clearly meant to give this model a more up-market feel.
Hyundai officials are saving most of the details for the Sonata Hybrid’s official debut, which will come at next week’s New York International Auto Show, but we’ve been able to “gather string,” as journalists often put it, collecting just enough details to highlight what Hyundai has in store.
(For one thing, the NY Auto Show preview will reveal not only the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, but also a new high-performance Sonata Turbo model.)
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One of the more intriguing details about the Sonata Hybrid Blue Drive, to use its formal name, will be the first production gas-electric model to use a lithium polymer battery. Its competitors, ranging from the Toyota Prius to the new 2011Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid (Click Here for a review) all rely on older nickel-metal hybrid (NiMH) battery technology.