This model is one of the first plug in hybrid vehicles from this manufacturer that is going to be sold in United States. It was presented at 2015 North American International Auto Show. This model will be followed by ML or GLA Hybrid Crossover on the American hybrid market.
New model comes with the new engine and cosmetic changes in the exterior styling that made it almost the same as the regular Sonata models. This means that hybrid model lost its flashy and elegant front fascia, and the received the new front styling that will increase its aerodynamics and reduce the drag. There are also some smaller changes in the interior segment.
Although this vehicle looks as bulky as possible it still falls in the crossover class. New model borrowed some of the exterior elements from other popular vehicles in it class, namely BMW X5 and Dodge Durango, while the interior design close resembles the one we can see in RAV4. New model comes with the same engine options as the last generation models and are similar to the engines we can find in other Toyota crossovers like already mentioned Toyota RAV4.