As Toyota prepares to reveal its 2016 Prius early next month, spy shots of Hyundai’s attempt to compete with it have been revealed.
The camouflaged car appears more like a Prius than does our image of a concept above, which is shown in lieu of copyrighted images at AutoGuide.
A report by AutoGuide says a remarkable up-to 38 miles all-electric range from a lithium-ion polymer battery may be in the offing, presumably by a plug-in hybrid version.
If true, that would match the 2015 Chevy Volt’s electric range, at least in theory.
The Hyundai “Prius fighter” – as it’s been called in the absence of an official name – is reportedly being developed on the 2017 Elantra’s platform, but will be a dedicated hybrid model based around a 1.8-liter engine.
Interior styling will likely borrow from family members including the Elantra and Sonata.
The production-ready Hyundai hybrid may be shown at a major auto show in 2016 and released late 2016 as a 2017 model.