New Hyundai hybrid spotted testing in the US, signalling the Korean maker's intent to take on the Prius
Mark Tisshaw
22 August 2014

Hyundai is developing a hybrid rival to the Toyota Prius, as these first spy pictures show.

Four different prototypes, each based on the US market Elantra GT were spied testing in the US this week alongside a convoy of Prius models. 

The four Elantras all had different bodies, suggesting Hyundai is working out the most aerodynamic Prius-style shape for its upcoming hybrid. Both the standard five-seat Prius and the seven-seat Prius+ were part of the convoy, suggesting Hyundai will offer two differently-sized hybrid models.

There were no charging points on the cars, suggesting a parallel hybrid rather than a plug-in setup.

Hyundai first previewed its intention to take on the Prius with its 2010 Blue-Will concept. The Blue-Will concept was powered by a 1.6-litre direct-injection petol engine in conjunction with a 134bhp electric motor.

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