Hyundai Elantra Plug-In Hybrid Spied?

1 week ago by Jeff Perez 10

Hyundai Elantra Plug-In Hybrid

Hyundai surprised us all with the debut high-powered Veloster N in Detroit, but even with all that added performance on tap in the lineup, the Korean marque hasn’t forgotten about its goal of a more efficient future.

New spy photos, coupled with some details provided by the spy photographer, suggest that a plug-in hybrid Elantra could eventually be offered.

Spotted testing on a snowy lake bed in Canada, the heavily camouflaged Elantra was completely quiet, according to our photographers, and featured a few cues that could reveal its electric identity. For one, the same style of wheels Hyundai uses for its other EVs are found on this model.

Apart from the EV cues, there are some new design elements that should carry over throughout the entirety of the Elantra range. The front fascia, though well covered up, is unique compared to the current model. The taillights appear to be slightly new, too.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a proposed Elantra plug-in. We expect it to be a lot like the Ioniq – which comes with a 118-horsepower (87-kilowatt) electric motor and a range of 124 miles (119 kilometers).

For now, Hyundai will continue to offer the Elantra with a regular gas-powered engine. The standard model produces 128 hp (95 kW), while the range-topping Sport trim is good for 201 hp (149 kW).

Source: Automedia

Hyundai Elantra Plug-In Hybrid

Hyundai Elantra Plug-In Hybrid

Hyundai Elantra Plug-In Hybrid

Hyundai Elantra Plug-In Hybrid

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10 responses to "Hyundai Elantra Plug-In Hybrid Spied?"

  1. marshall says:

    Well let’s hope they pulled the heads out of their fannies and installed either a PTC heater or heat pump in the vehicle.

    1. Spoonman. says:

      Agreed, even if using the cabin heat in really cold weather kicks on the ICE like in my C-Max, having no electric heater even for preconditioning seems like a tremendous omissions that makes the Hyundai/Kia PHEVs nonstarters in even temperate climates with winter.

    2. JyChevyVolt says:

      Does the Ioniq have heat pump?

      1. Davek says:

        Only as an EV. The PHEV doesn’t even have a PTC and can only heat with the ICE. All Kia/Hyundai PHEVs are the same. So while I pray and hope that they’ve come to their senses, I don’t hold out much hope. Still, this increases the chances of getting a compact PHEV wagon at least…

  2. PHEVfan says:

    Why do you say this is a PHEV? Was there something not said in the article that indicates this is a PHEV and not a BEV? I don’t see a tailpipe in the photos.

    1. scottf200 says:

      I don’t know but perhaps they are sneaky like the Volt as it’s tailpipe is hard to notice as well.

    2. Kyle says:

      I see a tailpipe in the second photo… it’s pretty clear

      1. PHEVfan says:

        Yeah, I see what you are talking about. 3rd picture also seems to have one in the same spot, though you are looking up the end of the pipe.

  3. EVShopper says:

    An electric version should have more horsepower and performance than the ICE version.

  4. Courtney vegan says:

    Hyundai should be working on the ioniq ev. Improve the range,and compete with the bolt.

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