2017 Hyundai Hybrid Electric Vehicle coming to take on the fuel-economy might of Prius
Korean automaker Hyundai looks ready to take on the Toyota Prius with its own doorstop. What is the vehicle like? It is a super hatchback with focus on the aerodynamics and the ever familiar proportions of the above mentioned Toyota rival. This should be applicable more to people living in California and Ann Arbor.
What you see is mostly wrapped in black camo bound by duct tape but you can see that it projects a wedge shape accentuated by low beaky nose and stubby high tail. It has vertical slabs for sides, and the wheels are funnily tinier. It also sports the classic Prius appearance of an arching roofline perched over the front seat passengers.
The car also sports the same headlamps, tail lamps DRLs, and they appear placed in the same position. The sources from inside also reveal that the car will be offered in a different body style which would also mean a clone of the Prius V are in the offing.
The vehicle holds significant market values because there are only a few direct competitors challenging the Toyota Prius, and you don’t find a dedicated hybrid model in them. The C-Max though hybrid is not a vehicle for the global market. Honda with its tiny but congested Insight tried to match wits with the Prius. Though it was nice to drive, it felt cheaper in front of the Toyota luxury. If the Hyundai car needs to succeed, then it will have to carry more features than the insight. Let us see how Hyundai wins where Honda lost.
The same platform which will underpin the next generation i30/Elantra of Hyundai is expected to underpin the 2017 Hyundai Hybrid. The former vehicle will take another year to come to the market. There is no news about the powertrain, but the inside sources reveal that the hybrid will pair an electric motor backed by lithium battery pack with a 1.6 Liter inline four engines. This would mean that it will be more fuel efficient but less powerful than the 2016 Sonata Hybrid but at the same time overtake the Prius mileage of 51/48mpg for city and highway.