Hyundai AE (Codename) Hybrid Car Spied In Korea
Hyundai and Kia have been hard at work developing their very-first dedicated hybrid cars lately (set to be unveiled next early year).
While Kia has already released some official details and teaser images of their dedicated hybrid vehicle, called Niro, Hyundai has yet to do the same.
First caught on camera back in early 2015, the carmaker’s Prius-rival is slated for a 2016 debut with sales set to commence shortly after.
One of the Hyundai AE prototypes has recently been captured in Korea.
This time, the near-production prototype was scooped parked in a garage with our spy getting close enough to nab some really good shots.
These are the latest spy shots:
What we know about the upcoming Hyundai AE hybrid
The vehicle is rumored to make its official debut in January next year, while sales are scheduled to commence in March 2016.
According to sources close to Hyundai Motor Company, the AE hybrid may be called Ioniq, but that has yet to be officially confirmed.
What’s really exclusive to the upcoming Hyundai hybrid is that it is going to become the world’s first green car to offer three different low emission / zero emission drivetrains.
Hybrid, PHEV & all-electric
The first model to go on sale will be the Hyundai hybrid car, as seen here.
A Hyundai PHEV (plug-in hybrid) model will be launched roughly one year later (in 2017).
Following the two will be the third variant (and this is exclusive news!), an all-electric, zero emission Hyundai AE (Ioniq) model!
More details about the upcoming AE EV will be released during the 2016 International Electric Vehicle Expo (to be held in March next year on the island of Jeju!)
Hybrid drivetrain specs
The more conventionally powered AE hybrid will be fitted with Hyundai’s 1,6L Kappa gasoline engine, mated to an electric motor, and a 6-speed automatic transmission (developed exclusively for use in hybrid cars).
The internal combustion engine boasts 156 horsepower, while total power, with a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery and a 50-kilowatt electric motor, is no less than 205 horsepower.
Expect CO2 rating of less than 90 grams per kilometer.
Hyundai’s sister firm Kia will also use the same hybrid drivetrain setup in their Niro hybrid crossover. (photos: bobaedream)