Spy-Shots of Cars

Development work on the Hyundai AE hybrid looks to be gaining momentum, as evident from the latest batch of spyshots you see here. First caught on camera back in early 2015, the Korean carmaker’s dedicated Prius-fighter is now slated for a 2016 debut with sales set commence soon after.

Annoyingly, the test mules here still feature plenty of camouflage, preventing us from forming a more solid conclusion as to how it might look like when the wraps come off. However, there’s no denying that the Hyundai AE will be styled along the lines of its target, even featuring the same wedge-like silhouette.

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Look closer and one might even be able to distinguish the front grille, replete with horizontal bars. Also, this particular prototype appears to be equipped with spiral-themed wheels that are, oddly enough, featured on one of the two mules. The rest of the car, sadly, remains shielded for now.

The Hyundai AE HEV is slated to ride atop the same platform that will underpin the next-generation Hyundai i30/Elantra. Also, reports are indicating that a different body style might be spawned off the shape you see here – expect a smaller, Prius v-like model.

Spy-Shots of Cars

Under the bonnet, the Hyundai AE HEV is understood to be powered by a 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine that’s coupled to an electric motor juiced up by a lithium-ion battery pack. Aside from said variant, a plug-in hybrid model is also expected to follow – a notion further confirmed by the presence of what looks to be a concealed flap ahead of the driver’s door on of the two mules.

Comparing this batch of photos to previous ones also reveals a different interior layout. While older shots feature two-toned fabric seats, this particular mule here appears to have been equipped with monotone-schemed leather/fabric combination seats instead. Perhaps said difference in colour scheme would indicate varying trim levels? We’ll know more for sure as its debut date approaches.

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