First Peek Inside Hyundai’s Hybrid Prius Fighter

Posted on Aug 25 2015 - 7:19am by Mary Mohler

There are two new vehicle rumors that the auto industry can’t seem to get enough of these days: “Tesla fighters” and “Prius fighters.” The former category is filled up by Porsche and Audi and more. In the ranks of those who want to take on the world’s best-selling hybrid, we can add Hyundai, but this time with a potential twist.

Hyundai's hybrid Prius fighter

First, let’s take a look at the latest spy shots of the potentially 2017 model year gas-electric hybrid, including our first look inside. This car will be based on the next-generation Elantra that is also supposed to arrive in 2017. Rumor has it that a medium-sized lithium-polymer battery pack could offer 38 electric miles before the 1.6-liter engine takes over. The new hybrid will likely have a new name and could appear at an auto show at some point in 2016. We’ve seen other versions of this Prius fighter disguised in different camo. If you’d like to compare the vehicles, you can do so here and here (the latter shows modified Elantra GTs).

Now, what about that twist? Well, alongside the standard gas-electric vehicle, it appears that Hyundai might also be working on an all-electric version of its “Prius fighter.” Wearing the “AE” moniker, the all-electric version isn’t guaranteed to arrive when the gas-electric car does, and may show up later, according to Green Car Reports. This all fits with Hyundai’s promise, in 2014, to introduce a new all-electric car for the US market. We won’t be surprised if it has wireless charging, too.