Hyundai-Kia to Launch Plug-In Hybrid Versions of Sonata and Optima in 2015


Hyundai-Kia seems to be gearing up to enter the EV revolution.

The 2014 Kia Soul Is All New (2013 Model Pictured on the Right For Comparison)

The 2014 Kia Soul Is All New (2013 Model Pictured on the Right For Comparison)

Already confirmed is the 2014 US launch of the Kia Soul EV:

“Minneapolis, Oct. 1, 2013 – At the media launch of the all-new 2014 Soul, Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced plans to offer an all-electric version of the company’s iconic Soul urban passenger vehicle in select markets in 2014.”

But what’s next after the Kia Soul EV launches?

It seems that both the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima are getting the plug-in hybrid treatment.  As Chosun Ilbo reports:

“Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors will release the nation’s first plug-in hybrid vehicles next year. It also plans to release an electronic version of the Kia Soul in May and a mid-size EV as early as next year.”

“Hyundai’s new LF Sonata will be available with both a regular gasoline engine and hybrid system from March. It will release plug-in hybrids of its mid-size Sonata and K5 models next year, the first of their kind in the nation.”

Chosun Ilbo is referring to South Korean launches of those vehicles, but there’s no reason to believe that Hyundai-Kia wouldn’t offer both the PHEV Sonata and PHEV K5 (Kia Optima) in the US.

Both the Sonata and Optima are offered in the US in hybrid trim as of right now.  It’s only natural for the next step to be PHEV versions of both of those vehicles.  With the US being the world’s largest plug-in market, Hyundai-Kia will surely bring both of those PHEVs to the states.

We suspect it’ll be mid- to late 2015 before we see the plug-in hybrid Sonata and Optima on sale in the US.

Kia K5 (aka Kia Optima)

Kia K5 (aka Kia Optima)

Source: Chosun Ilbo

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7 Comments on "Hyundai-Kia to Launch Plug-In Hybrid Versions of Sonata and Optima in 2015"

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I think the Optima is a great looking car. But I’m not a fan of their hybrid system. So I hope their plug-in system is not based on the same design.

The Kia Optima is actually a good looking car. When I was first behind one at night.. It looked like a Jaguar.

I like the looks of the Kias (one of the few Asian brands I like the looks of)… EXCEPT for the KIA logo. Don’t ask me why. It’s totally subjective. Just makes me think of Tonka Toys or something like that.

I’d defiantly buy a car that looked like a Tonka Toy, especially if it had a really cool drive train like a electric drive powered by a gas turbine…. OK that’s probably not true, the running cost would be too high, i’d worry about the noise it made when driving at night and I’d struggle to get insurance but I would think it was cool. I can’t help it inside I am still aged 4.

Can’t believe only mitsu has the right idea when it comes to PHEV. They are the only ones who understand SUVs/Crossovers would be better as PHEVs ?

Looks like they figured out that the fuel cell idea was not so great.

The big question is how they will match up against the Fusion Energi. EV only miles and MSRP.