With a teardrop profile culminating in the hatchback’s high rear deck, a recently spied camouflaged mule could easily be mistaken as the next Toyota Prius. But it isn’t.
The photos, captured by AutomobileMag.com, are actually of a Hyundai hybrid in testing. To date, Hyundai has been tight-lipped about this new hybrid. It’s been known for a while that one was in the works for the Korean automaker, however, with spy shots capturing Elantra GT mules outfitted with hybrid powertrains last summer.
There have yet to be any official comments on the car from Hyundai, though, and previous remarks have only addressed the subject in broad terms:
“We will take the lead in the future by raising the competitiveness of our environment-friendly cars like hybrid-only cars, plug-in hybrid cars and fuel cell hydrogen cars,” stated CEO Kim Choong-ho.
For its new hatchback, Hyundai will likely build off its successful Sonata Hybrid (pictured above). Many carmakers are currently chasing Toyota in the hybrid market, and the Sonata Hybrid is the only non-Toyota model in hybrid charts top five sellers. Last month, Sonata Hybrid sales accounted for 7.22 percent of the hybrid market, directly behind the Prius Liftback, Prius C and Camry Hybrid.
To see the full gallery of spy photos for Hyundai’s hybrid, and compare it to the Toyota Prius below, click here.