Hyundai’s first dedicated hybrid car ready for the Detroit Show image

According to some rumours, Hyundai will launch its first dedicated hybrid vehicle in January, at the Detroit Auto Show.

Hyundai wants to surpass the world’s most loved green car, the Prius, by launching its first dedicated hybrid in two-month time. Codenamed “AE”, the car will go on sale within a year of the fourth-generation of Toyota’s model. Hyundai is very confident about their future super-efficient car, as according to an article in the Korea Herald, the hybrid will “outperform” its global competitor, the 2016 Prius. Earlier this year, Hyundai Motor Group Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun said that plug-in hybrids were essential to the future survival of the company and the industry.

The subcompact “AE” has the same underpinnings as the next generation of Hyundai Elantra and will be followed by a plug-in hybrid and a battery-electric version, which will be a world’s first for a model to be offered in three different electric powertrains. Honda is also planning to launch the mid-size Clarity with a hydrogen fuel-cell, followed by two other electric drivetrains.

The Korea Herald reports the subcompact Hyundai hybrid will benefit from the recently announced 1.6-litre GDI Kappa engine, an electric motor, and a transmission specially made for hybrid cars. With a single electric motor, Hyundai, like Kia, takes a different approach to its rivals, as Toyota or Honda are using two electric motors to their powertrains, claiming this layout provides a more natural driving experience.

Via Green Car Reports