Hyundai Elantra Plug-In Hybrid Spied?
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).