The 2016 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid, the first car of its kind for the automaker, will hit select U.S. showrooms this week beginning at $35,435, including shipping.
The plug-in hybrid offers what Hyundai calls a class-leading 27-mile electric range while operating on a lithium polymer battery system.
Hyundai said it is expected to achieve 40 mpg while operating in hybrid mode. It comes with a 2.0-liter, four cylinder GDI engine and a 50 kilowatt electric motor.
A version of the car with advanced safety technology will sell for $39,435, Hyundai said in a statement Friday. Both cars are eligible for a $4,919 federal tax credit, in addition to local and state incentives.
Hyundai is introducing the car in a U.S. market that has turned cold for many alternative-powered cars and light trucks as lower gasoline prices fuel demand for gasoline-powered trucks and crossovers. U.S. sales of electric and hybrid vehicles are down 13 percent through October from the same period in 2014.
The Sonata plug-in hybrid will initially be sold in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
U.S. sales of the traditional Sonata, Hyundai’s second-highest selling vehicle, are down 3.7 percent on the year through October compared to 2014.