Sources close to Hyundai and Kia have shed some light regarding upcoming hybrid and electric vehicles.

Sources close to Hyundai and Kia have shed some light regarding upcoming hybrid and electric vehicles.

The report mentions Hyundai and Kia will launch four hybrids, two plug-in hybrids and an electric car n United States between the 2016 and 2018 model years. The first dedicated hybrids are scheduled to go on sale as 2017 model years and we have already seen Hyundai's version in a series of spy shots. It is believed it will ride on a modified platform of the next generation Elantra and is expected to combine a 1.6-liter direct-injection gasoline engine with an electric motor.

As for Kia's hybrid, it will likely be a production version of the Niro crossover concept and is set to employ the same hardware setup. There aren't any details regarding a launch date, but it will probably be introduced towards the end of next year.

According to Ed Kim, vice president of industry analysis at automotive consultancy AutoPacific and a former product planner at Hyundai, the South Korean duo is making efforts for differentiating their models both inside and out. While Kia already has the Soul EV, Hyundai's first ever electric vehicle won't be out before the 2017 model year.

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