Hyundai Has a Prius Fighter In The Works
Ask anyone to name a hybrid car and their likely answer is the Toyota Prius. But Hyundai has plans to change all that with the introduction of a new car designed as a direct competitor to the Prius. Reports in AutoGuide suggest that recently spotted test mules will see production as an all-new Hyundai hybrid. PHOTOS: See More of the 2009 Hyundai Blue-Will Concept
The spied mules were Elantra GT variants, all modified enough that they could easily be the precursor to an altogether new Hyundai. There were four different mules spied with varying levels of modifications that hint at more than one model of this new hybrid being in the works. This would let the new Hyundai compete with both the regular Prius and the larger Prius-V.
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Hyundai has already shown an interest in creating a new hybrid with the hybrid Blue-Will Concept, but that was back in 2009. That car, which never made it to production, had a 152 hp 1.6-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder along with a 100kW motor.
Interior shots of the test mules showed a big orange cable attached to a rear battery pack indicating that these won’t be plug-ins for now. That doesn’t negate the possibility in the future, especially if the model is well-received by the public. Is there room for another hybrid in the mix? With Honda dropping the Insight from its line-up, it’s definitely time for a little Prius competition.
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